In Bend, Not Break, Fu Ping told a very convoluted story of how she managed to obtain a passport to travel abroad (which we will debunk later). On Pages 255-260, she had a rough timeline for the process:
- "One day in the fall of 1982," she was supposedly arrested by kidnapping
- 3 days later, she was released. Then, "I stayed inside for weeks as my family tried to figure out some way of helping me..."
- "A few weeks after the house arrest begain..." she was told to leave the country
- "A week later," she received an offer of clandestine help from a police
- "A few weeks later, my passport arrived in the mail."
But he didn't give any other instructions so nobody knew what to do with me. I was let out. Two weeks later, I was given a passport and told to leave the country and never to come back again.
Late last night, Fu’s publicist emailed me that they “confirmed that Ping started school in 1978 and left school in the fall of 1982 after being held by the government. She arrived in the U.S. on January 14, 1984.” So she was at home for over year before the police asked her to leave China? “The government asked Ping to leave a couple of weeks after her release,” the publicist wrote me. “However, getting a passport was very difficult, if not impossible, at that time. Even though Ping was asked to leave China, she had to wait for an official passport to be issued.”