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Bend, Not Break

January 9, 2013

Bend, Not BreakBend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds is the story of a journey from imprisonment to freedom- the story of Ping Fu, who at only eight years old was ripped away from her privileged life in Shanghai during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Ping was forced to work long hours in a factory and housed in a dormitory, where she struggled to protect her younger sister from the teenagers in Mao’s Red Guard and was forced to witness Red Guards commit atrocities on people she knew. After being convicted of a political crime in college, Ping found her way to the United States at 25 with less than $100 in her pocket and three phrases of English: thank you, hello, and help. Despite these limitations, Ping defied all the odds and with her well-honed survival instincts, the kindness of strangers and a few good friends, Ping grew into someone she never thought she could be- a strong, independent, entrepreneurial leader. Now a pioneering software programmer, innovator and CEO, Ping founded Geomagic, a ground-breaking 3D software company that works to reshape the world. She is a member of President Obama’s National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds has been featured on as an editor’s pick in New Memoirs So Powerful They’ll Turn Your Life Inside Out.

“Do not read this book if you reject kindness, humility, and ingenuity. With staggering authenticity and zero cliché, Ping’s story will shock you to your core. Suspend all assumptions. Take nothing for granted. Nothing. You will not be able to put this book down. When you’re done, your notion of human capacity will be redefined. It’s ‘Rocky,’ ‘My Fair Lady,’ ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ and ‘Gone With the Wind’ – all in one.” – Sally Rosenthal, executive producer of Peabody Award-winning documentary ‘Between the Folds’

“She tells her story with intelligence, verve and a candor that is often heart-rending . . . Her life story is moving and inspiring. Like the people who gave her a helping hand, she is generous to share it with us.” – Melanie Kirkpatrick, The Wall Street Journal

“. . . the journey is as compelling as the destination. . . . a role model to those wise enough to use life’s lessons and opportunities to meet present day challenges.”NY Journal of Books

“In this outstanding testament to the resilience of the human spirit, Ping takes readers on a journey both heartbreaking and inspiring…Ping’s eloquent prose and remarkable attitude shine through in every word—and her compelling story will remind more than one reader to be thankful for what they have.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Ping Fu will be speaking at SXSW during their Interactive Programming session on March 9th at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Register to attend SXSW 2013 here.  Buy your copy of Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or your local indie bookstore.

-Victoria Lowes

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