Daisy Kwok was the daughter of the man who founded Wing On, Shanghai’s largest and most successful department store, and her life spanned old Shanghai and modern Shanghai, old China and “New” China in a way that no other did. This book presents stories written by her of her life, stories from the high-flying years of Old Shanghai, and the desperate drama of the political campaigns in the 1950s and 1960s. Through it all shines Daisy’s effervescent personality.
“Unbowed by decades of turmoil that robbed her of almost everything she owned and loved, Daisy showed no resentment. She was always alive and vital – and interested in everything.” – Tess Johnston, author of A Last Look
“Reading Daisy Kwok’s memoir is like finding a missing jigsaw puzzle piece in the history of Shanghai. Her story is at times funny, at times tragic, but always moving.” – Tracey Willard, Editor of the Royal Asiatic Society China Journal