Moments with Lu Chi Fa

Lu Chi Fa, also known as Gordon Lu, runs a popular restaurant and leads a healthy life. His biography “Double Luck – Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan” is a bestseller. He loves traveling and watching sea lions.

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  1. This comment is kindly provided, as per our request, by Cindy Bartek-Medina, a published poet.

    In addition to what’s copied and pasted below, from YouTube Comments section, I was deeply affected by Mr. Lu’s story on many levels. A sweet young child, tragically orphaned, and denied his loving sister’s home because of her cold-hearted husband. I know that in “the old countries” (Europe or Asia), the man ruled the home. It broke Shiow Jen’s heart to have to put her beloved little brother into the care of others. I was deeply offended at how Mr. Lu was mistreated by the Communist couple. And then his aunt-by-marriage, who deprived him of food despite having received the huge bag of rice Shiow Jen secured for him, as “payment” for Mr. Lu to be allowed to live with them. He also related following the ghost of a little boy into his parents’ cemetery! I do believe that was an actual ghost. But also the points of kindness in the book were incredibly touching: The grandmotherly lady with two grown sons who took Mr. Lu in. How unfortunate about the fire! Mr. Lu’s compassion for the man afflicted with seizures. My husband is epileptic. The first time experiencing one of husband’s seizures was early in our marriage, and around 1 o’clock in the morning. It frightened me badly, and so I cannot imagine a CHILD, and that child alone, suddenly dealing with epilepsy. Mr. Lu and this man were mutually kind to one another, and I wonder at the man’s fate, especially as the Cultural Revolution unfolded. Of course Mr. Lu was a child and Shiow Jen understandably wanted him kept with relatives, so off he went to live with older brother and family. How cruel his fellow passengers on that ship! No pity for a child who might’ve drowned! And the constant teasing about his clothing. It’s again evident how good-hearted and resilient Mr. Lu is/was: That he so quickly forgave older brother’s wife for selling him to the Communist couple, and he instantly bonded with his nephew. How very sad the long years of separation from Shiow Jen. It’s a pity her husband never warmed up to Mr. Lu, even as an adult. The aunt in Taipei was another bright spot in his “topsy-turvy” life.

    I am so glad I found Mr. Lu’s book at a used bookstore. It’s one of the best personal memoirs I’ve ever read.

    Let me know if I can help further. The YouTube comments:

    I finished reading his autobiography “Double Luck” last evening. WOW He’s 79 in 2020, I hope is still alive. Mr. Lu’s sister, Shiow Jen, was an absolute angel. 🙂 I’m recommending others read Mr. Lu’s book.

    I’ve read a lot about China, both ancient and the Cultural Revolution. Got my start writing poetry (in 2016) by reading ancient poetry of China (translated of course). Then I began reading Japanese Haiku, and I mainly write Haiku poetry. But I’ll completely understand if Mr. Lu is not up to personal correspondence for whatever reason.

    –Cindy

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