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Journey of a Thousand Miles


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Table of Contents Introduction Prologue Chapter One - Coal Dust and Daydreams Chapter Two - Bowing to the Emperor Chapter Three - A "City Monkey" in the Country Chapter Four - Starvation and Surrender Chapter Five - Return to Hsinchu Chapter Six - The Tale of the Poor Scholar Chapter Seven - A Diamond in the Trash Chapter Eight - Pedalling through Taipei Chapter Nine - Pure Chemistry Chapter Ten - Quemoy Chapter 11 - Snowed Under Chapter 12 - Coming to America Chapter 13 - A Life-Changing Discovery Chapter 14 - Taking a Gamble Chapter 15 - Avon Calling Chapter 16 - A Wrinkle in the Business Chapter 17 - Head to Head with the Pink Lady Chapter 18 - Growing older, giving back Epilogue

About the Author

Now in his 80s, Dr. Ruey J. Yu continues to work in the lab every day, hunting for biomarkers that could be used for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's and other diseases. In 2016, Dr. Yu and Dr. Van Scott sold NeoStrata to Johnson & Johnson, which is expanding the company's research labs into a centre of excellence for dermatological research. Freelance journalist and former news reporter for The Ottawa Citizen.


Every tube of skin cream with AHA, the wildly popular anti-wrinkle ingredient, exists because of a half-starved boy in wartime Taiwan who travelled to university in Ottawa and went on to fortune. [...] Yu's life "is the classic story of constant optimism, moving forward in the face of adversity, overcoming all odds."
-- Tom Spears * Ottawa Citizen *

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