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About the Author
Kent Wong was born in China. In 1974 he escaped the Cultural Revolution over water to Hong Kong, and shortly after moved to the United States as a refugee. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington, his MD at Harvard Medical School, and after a residency at Stanford, he practiced as an anesthesiologist. He is now retired and lives near Seattle.
“A touching and fascinating memoir that is essential for anyone interested in life during the Cultural Revolution or the experiences of the freedom swimmers.”
— Library Journal STARRED Review
“It’s a lesson in degradation and determination. Yet it’s also an adventure story of forged documents, homemade rafts, and sneaky smugglers.”
— New York Daily News