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Book Title: The Lesson of the Lost Horse - A Chinese-American Journey of Hope and Love|
The author of the book: Joanna Ng
Edition: Telemachus Press
Date of issue: February 16th 2013
ISBN 13: 9781938701856
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The moment nineteen-year-old Joanna sets foot in America in 1969, she begins a ride of epic proportions. The Lesson of the Lost Horse sweeps readers into the heart and mind of the young Chinese immigrant to tell the story of her culture shock and her plunge into the maelstrom of America’s gender revolution—when female workers begin to enter management ranks in the 1970s. From her first job as a waitress to her ascent into the high-tech world of cell-phones and wireless communications, Joanna embarks on an extraordinary journey filled with unexpected twists and turns, determined to prove to the world—and to herself—that she is worthy of the American dream.
Born in an era of poverty in the Chinese-Portuguese colony of Macau, Joanna leaves home at seventeen to take a job as a schoolteacher in Hong Kong. When she stumbles onto a chance to come to America, she packs up her sheltered, old-world upbringing and arrives in America knowing no one, speaking little English, and with only ninety dollars in her pocket. With each life-changing episode that threatens to break her, Joanna finds the power to change her destiny, and a transformation begins to take place within this timid, shy woman who only dreams of being loved and happy.
The Lesson of the Lost Horse is a triumphant memoir of a woman’s will to survive and to succeed. At once an inspirational nothing-to-something tale and a heartwarming love story, it is also the story of one woman’s search for her Chinese-American identity.
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Joanna was born and raised in the Chinese-Portuguese colony of Macau in South-East Asia. She came to the United States at nineteen to attend Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois. She worked in IT in four different big-name companies before she was hired by Motorola in 1980. At Motorola, Joanna stayed for over thirty years until she retired in 2011. Her career at Motorola spanned Foreign Subsidiaries, International Joint Ventures, and Telecommunications Standards. During her Standards career, she served on the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board from 2005 to 2007, and as Chair of the IEEE Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (SCC41) committee from 2007 to 2009.
Ironically, Joanna never wanted a high-tech career. When she won second place in a writing contest in High School, it sparked the hope that maybe someday she will be able to pursue a writing career. For the next four decades that dream was put on hold as she fought to succeed in a highly technical career in order to provide for her family as a single mom. When she retired in 2011, she finally got the chance to return to her love of writing. Her first book, The Lesson of the Lost Horse, a memoir, was published on February 14, 2013.
Even though Joanna had a very successful technical career, her personal interest is anything but. Her passion is food, dancing and travel, which she shares zealously with her husband Clark. Their growing brood of six children and nine grandchildren keeps them busy when they are not traveling. They make their home in Chicago—the city that they love.