From sixteen to sixty – I have lived through a very note-worthy period in Australia’s history as a newcomer. There were happy times and testing times. There were encounters with genuine and loving people as well as people who were not so fair or endearing. I have encountered prejudice, yes, but Australia is better than any other country I know. As time passes, I can confidently say my children will be judged on their performance and their character, and not their facial features. For this I am grateful.
The friendships that came my way; The challenges in seeking a career; The difficulties my wife and I faced as working parents and small business operators – I have happily recorded them in solidarity with all those who walk the same tightrope. I tell of the bonding with my siblings and aging parents, and of my very exciting root-search. I trust there is a commonality with all readers who treasure their past, and bring a little of their past into the future.
The inclusion of politics in the book has not been an easy decision. I feel there are important messages to be shared. The book has recorded the enthusiasm of the Chinese community in embracing Australia’s democratic process, and how this enthusiasm may have veered off the original direction, and exploited. This part of my book also tells of my firsthand experience of some hotly debated issues in society: factional in-fighting, fund-raising and the attitude of some people in politics.