Book Overview



While most immigrants to the United States seek better lives than what they had, author Anna Chao Pai’s parents came seeking safety from the Japanese; they left a life of luxury and power to become ordinary American citizens. In the end, the transition to ordinary was traumatic for Pai’s mother, who became mentally unbalanced.

In From Manchurian Princess to the American Dream, Pai shares her story which is as much about her mother as it is about her.


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