From Manchurian Princess to the American Dream

An Anecdotal Memoir of Two Immigrant Lives

by Anna Chao Pai



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/19/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 510
ISBN : 9781532064463
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 510
ISBN : 9781532064487
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 508
ISBN : 9781532064470

About the Book

While most immigrants to the United States seek better lives than what they had, author Anna Chao Pai’s parents came seeking safety from the Japanese; they left a life of luxury and power to become ordinary American citizens. In the end, the transition to ordinary was traumatic for Pai’s mother, who became mentally unbalanced. In From Manchurian Princess to the American Dream, Pai shares her story which is as much about her mother as it is about her. Pai was four years old when her family came to America from China, forced to flee because of war. She tells how they moved almost once a year, experiencing discrimination against Asians during World Word II, and attended twelve different schools before starting college. While her father and her siblings adjusted, despite racism against Asians, Pai’s mother, unable to learn the language, never assimilated into American life. From Manchurian Princess to the American Dream offers a look at modern Chinese history and culture. It provides insight into the impact of immigration on people who are ripped from their homes and find themselves beginning life in a foreign country where they must learn a new language and eventually lose all they left behind. Noting the courage it took for Pai’s parents to survive, this memoir is a testament to them and her family.

About the Author

Anna Chao Pai was born in Beijing, China, and immigrated at age four to the United States with her family in 1940. She earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Sweet Briar College, a master’s degree in embryology from Bryn Mawr College, and a Ph.D. degree in genetics from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Pai taught at Montclair State University in New Jersey for twenty-eight years and retired as Professor Emerita. She and her late husband, Dr. David Pai, have two grown sons and four grandchildren.