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Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds Hardcover – December 31, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover; First Edition edition (December 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591845521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591845522
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (885 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* China’s Cultural Revolution—when teachers were considered enemies of the state—brought about the displacement of thousands of children of merchants, bankers, college professors, and others. In 1966, Ping Fu was seized from wealthy relatives at age eight and suffered savage treatment and deprivation for years. As this fragile young girl comes of age in a communist work camp, a great mind emerges. Later, while attending college, she interviews mothers about the killing of thousands of female babies and creates what is considered subversive literature. For this she is eventually deported from her native land. Fu arrives in America with only a few dollars and a strong will to survive. These experiences cause her to reckon with both the cruelty and kindness of strangers and to foster amazing resilience. Fu’s later adult life reads like a fascinating Forrest Gump–style adventure as she encounters giants in the world of computer and Internet technology. As founder and CEO of Geomagic, “a 3-D digital reality solution company,” Fu speaks to the need for humanity to practice love in business relations in order to avoid inflicting pain on future generations. This well-written tale of courage, compassion, and undaunted curiosity reveals the life of a genuine hero who remains committed to making the world a better place. --Susan DeGrane


In this outstanding testament to the resilience of the human spirit, Ping takes readers on a journey both heartbreaking and inspiring.
--Publisher Weekly Review, 11/5/2012


“She tells her story with intelligence, verve and a candor that is often heart-rending....Her life story is moving and inspiring. Like the people who gave her a helping hand, she is generous to share it with us.”
The Wall Street Journal

“In this outstanding testament to the resilience of the human spirit, Ping takes readers on a journey both heartbreaking and inspiring . . . Ping’s eloquent prose and remarkable attitude shine through in every word.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
“An inspiring story . . . the book reflects the tone of its author: clear, honest and unassuming.”
 “This well-written tale of courage, compassion, and undaunted curiosity reveals the life of a genuine hero who remains committed to making the world a better place.”
BOOKLIST (starred review)
“This is an utterly unique memoir, a fascinating look at one woman’s journey from a difficult childhood in Mao’s China to the top of the American tech world.”
—TONY HSIEH, CEO of; author of Delivering Happiness
“Do not read this book if you reject kindness, humility, and ingenuity. With staggering authenticity and zero cliché, Ping’s story will shock you to your core. Your notion of human capacity will be redefined. It’s Rocky, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Gone With the Wind—all in one.”
—SALLY ROSENTHAL, executive producer of the documentary Between the Folds
“There are few people in our world who embody optimism like Ping Fu. She shows us how the human spirit can endure amazing hardship to find happiness, joy, and astounding success.”
—SIMON SINEK, author of Start with Why
“I could not put this book down. From surviving the insanity of China’s Cultural Revolution to the cutthroat antics of hi-tech venture capitalism, from low-life outcast to billionaire dealer—it’s amazing to believe this all happened in one person’s life. The lessons Ping Fu has so artfully accumulated are inspiring, heartening, educating, and entertaining.”
—KEVIN KELLY, Senior Maverick, Wired; author of What Technology Wants
“Resilience is the most essential element of life and business today, and there is no more shining role model for resilience (and grace and humility and a bunch of other qualities) than Ping Fu. The story of how she fled China under precarious circumstances, made a new life in the United States, and built a vibrant company should be required reading.”
—CHIP CONLEY, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality; author of Peak and Emotional Equations

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This book is a fiction, not at all an "autobiography".
The author has admitted that she remembered something wrong or even made up something never happened to her, can't believe people still buying this book.
It is still hard to believe that a book with so many lies and fake stories can be published as an autobiography!!!

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605 of 675 people found the following review helpful By Ben Locke on February 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
On 7/22/2013, Soochow University (formerly Jiangsu Teacher's College, Ping Fu's alma mata), released the most damning evidence yet that effectively invalidated pretty much all the stories in the book about her life in China. Among the documents was a registration card that Ping Fu filled out herself. It indicated that Ping Fu graduated from a Nanjing high school in July 1976. She joined the Communist Youth League in 1973 and served as the class captain (also called monitor) in the high school. After graduation she was employed as a worker in a Nanjing radio equipment factory earning an above average salary of 17 RMB per month.

Anybody with a slight knowledge about China during the cultural revolution would know that the Communist Youth League is the junior organization of the Communist party and the candidate pool of the CCP. New members were carefully recruited from the most active and loyal red guards. Yes, you must first be a red guard to qualify for the the Communist Youth League membership and you must initiate the application process by writing an essay pledging allegiance to the party and the communist ideals. To become a Communist Youth League member at the young age of 15, Ping Fu was no doubt among the "reddest" of the red elements. This is consistent with her being chosen as the class captain, the highest ranked "student cadre" of the class. Being among the favorites of school authorities, there was no way she would have suffered anything near what she described in the book. Also, at the time only well-connected and politically correct families had the chance to get their son/daughter a job in a factory after graduating from high schools. Workers were regarded as the leadership class according to the "Mao Tze-tung thought".
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1,349 of 1,515 people found the following review helpful By Henry on January 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
==HK Time 19:55 17th Feb 2013== *revised regarding Guardian post 09:37 18th Feb 2013*

Seem things go dirty now, I am really surprise that Amazon deleted lin's review, which is the most detail, reasoning and sound. For those who are new comer, please go to page 5 in this comment and you will find lin's repost there.

One example of good reporting on this controversy is from The Guardian published on Feb. 13, 2013, "Ping Fu's childhood tales of China's cultural revolution spark controversy".

Those US media really disappointed me during this event, in fact, my faith on them is deteriorating. No matter what, Fu must paid for what she did, or otherwise it is making Fu as an example to follow. We already see the result of "rewarding the bad and punishing the good" in China, and things start getting bad in HK, just hope the US and American can make the right move

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It is very clear that her story is full of lies, only those cant read chinese and not familiar with modern chinese history will believe the story.

Some even can expose by simple calculation with a little bit background knowledge:

1. Fu born at 1958, and the Cultural Revolution happened during 1966-1976, and there was no way for a kid with her younger sisters/brothers would be sent to correctional labor camp.

2. Fu claim that she go to Soochow University at 1977. The National College Entrance Examination opened again after the Revolution at 1977, and during that time, "political censor" is a must, if she was in the labor camp, there is no way for her to pass the censor. Morevoer SooChow University established at 1982, how could she study there at 1977?

And Dr Fang is now condemning Fu about her lies, if you dont know whos he is, this is for your reference:
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669 of 749 people found the following review helpful By Fang Zhouzi on February 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
(Note: I originally wrote this response in Chinese. It's translated by an associate profesor of University of Florida with a few modifications of mine)

Ping Fu posted a clarification article on her blog today in response to my criticism. Her article can be found at

Ping Fu claimed that although my comments are correct, they are made based on the inaccurate Forbes report, not based on her new book. The Forbes report has since been corrected.

In fact, if you read my article, you will know that the Forbes report triggered my criticism, but I made my comments not just based on this report, but also based on a series of reporting, radio and TV shows, and video interviews on American news media since 2005. I also read the two chapters of her book that are available on Google Book. All of them provide a consistent picture. If the Forbes report made mistakes, then the reports by other US media and what Fu said by herself on the interviews will also be wrong. It is useless to single out Forbes (as an scapegoat).

In her clarification, Ping Fu said, "I did not say or write that I was in a labor camp; I stated that I lived for 10 years in a university dormitory on the NUAA campus. Chinese children don't get put in labor camps. I also did not say I was a factory worker. I said Mao wanted us to study and learn from farmers, soldiers and workers."

Just ten days ago, in a video interview with Google, Ping Fu said that she lived in a ghetto for 10 years of Culture Revolution.

See [...] at about 7:15, i.e., 7 min 15 sec.

In a different interview with NPR, she said that she was sent to a correctional farm when she was 10 and stayed there for about 10 years.
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