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GRACE: AN AMERICAN WOMAN IN CHINA, 1934-1974 by ELEANOR MCCALLIE COOPER

Summary

The story of a woman whose love defied prejudice, war, and revolution.

With an Introduction by Charles Ruas.

In 1928, Grace Divine, daughter of a conservative Tennessee family, traveled to New York City, accompanied by her mother, to study opera. Liu Fu-chi, a scholarship student studying engineering, lived in the same building. They met and became friends. Only after he left for further study in Germany did both realize they had fallen in love.

Fu-chi renounced his scholarship and returned to New York. They became engaged. An interracial marriage was illegal in Tennessee; her brothers came to intervene. Nonetheless, in 1932 at the height of the Depression, Grace and Fu-chi went to City Hall and were married.

He left for China to look for a job. Pregnant, Grace stayed behind. When the baby could travel, she joined Fu-chi in Tientsin. She was to remain in China for the next forty years, living through the Japanese Occupation, the fall of the Nationalist government, and the Communist and Cultural Revolutions, one of the handful of Americans to stay on.

This biography, composed in large part of Grace Liu's letters and a partial memoir, has been compiled by her cousin, Eleanor McCallie Cooper, and her surviving child, William Liu.

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Grace: an American Woman in China, 1934-1974
by Eleanor McCallie Cooper, William Liu

Soho Press, Inc.
January 1, 2003
ISBN #1569473145
347 pages
Hardcover
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