In 1949, shortly after the Communists took over the reins of mainland China, Frances Wong went back to Guangzhou (or Canton), the capital of south China, from the British colony of Hong Kong. At that time, communications between Guangzhou and Hong Kong were disrupted because the Kowloon-Canton Railway was jointly owned by the Hong Kong and Chinese governments, and with the taking over of Guangzhou by the Communists, it took some time before new rules and regulations of the railway were ironed out by the authorities. So Wong walked all the way for seven days. Wong admits to being naïve, adventurous, romantic, a little patriotic and also primarily, because her husband decided to go and she thought it was her duty to go with him. This chapter goes back to Wongs' childhood, love for poetry, and traces how her thoughts and character developed.
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