How Chan-lei was born

How Chan-lei was born



I  have been asked why I chose a Chinese girl as my protagonist.  I will attempt to answer this question.  It goes way back to when I was a child.  My parents loved to visit San Francisco.  Every time we visited I would love to go to Chinatown.  I was obsessed with Chinatown!  On every visit I would buy the little lacquer boxes that play a part in Lotus.  I must have had a dozen of them.   Later, my husband and I, with our children would visit San Francisco often.  I have always loved this city and I still have an obsession with Chinatown.

I always admired the Asian culture. I have been fortunate to have many Asian friends. I admire their devotion to family most of all.  When I was a small child, I overhead a story that was told to my mother.  My mother’s Chinese friend told her that when she was very small, living in Chinatown, her mother went grocery shopping, never to return.  Her father spent his life and fortune searching for her.  She told my mother that she was probably kidnapped and sold into the slave-trade.  Why this story stuck with me, I don’t know!  But it did!  How can a family ever recover from such a horrible act?  I don’t know, but I felt this story had to be told.  So I chose Chan-lei, a innocent Chinese immigrant to tell my story.  I love Chan-lei and her devotion to her family and also wanting to make a mark with her own career. Will she save the lost girls, I don’t know!

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