Saturday, March 9, 2013

Liu Xin: Why We Speak Up

The following review of Bend, Not Break was published on Amazon on February 1, 2013:

I bought the book from Amazon for my kids. I was very excited to read her stories and hope to be inspired by this Chinese American role model. However, after reading the book, I was more than disgusted and will never let my kids read anything like this. Honesty and Integrity are the highest virtues by any standard, under any system. Ms. Fu's made up personal stories sank our moral standard to an all-time low. Most people who commented here are Chinese American professionals. We came here 10, 20 or 30 years ago, just like Fu. This country offered us more than the first-rate education; more importantly, it reshaped or reinforced the moral standards that were once lost or distorted in the dark ages of China. Honesty, Integrity and Responsibility are the true assets of this society, on this land we call home. My salute to everyone who speaks up --we are fulfilling our citizen responsibilities to ensure zero tolerance to lies, to make sure our children growing up in a society where they have true role models to look up to. 
P.S. Many people have pointed out the discrepancies in her stories and I am not going to repeat here. I want to point out another observation I have. In the book, she did not talk much about her husband -- the key person in her personal and professional life, no loving or any affectionate words when they first developed the romance, no gratitude or remorse when they founded a successful company together and parted their way. I thought it was odd and interesting. Ms. Fu, I want to say this to you -- you may have achieved your personal agenda, but you know it in your heart, you have lost even more! That is why you have to keep playing these dirty tricks to feed your greed and fantasy. 
And here is a plea to the publisher (Portfolio Hardcover?): You are not here to sell stories, you are here to help uphold the right values of the society. Please stop being ignorant (intentionally or unintentionally). You owe it to your conscience. Please honor your job. (It is sad to see that the world is turning into a huge market with everything for sale or a damn circus where everything is for entertainment. Are we that desperate to invent fake stories to inspire ourselves? How low can we go?!) And to those who don't understand why we make such a fuss over an "inspiring" memoir -- this debate is never about Chinese history, it is about personal integrity of a role model currently highly promoted by all the major media. We have to put a stop to this, for our children.

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