The Elim Chew Story
Driven by Purpose, Destined for Change is a heartwarming, candid and frank biography of one of Singapore’s most prominent entrepreneur and multi-hyphenate, Elim Chew. Elim shares her lesser known familial histories, pangs of growing up, days of being wild, history of retail icon 77th Street, social enterprise, youth mentorships as well as her latest love, fishing.
Through the book, we get a deeper understanding of who multi-hyphenate Elim Chew really is, get to share in and learn from her community leadership,
business experiences, unique perspective on life and a whole lot of Singlish. She also provides insight into newly independent Singapore in the 1970s as well as an insider’s glimpse into pop culture in the rocking 1980s and 1990s. You will also get to know more of Elim’s hair-raising past, present motivations and future visions.
The book is written with reflections, take away lessons, engaging entrepreneurial tips and activities for anyone who wishes to be Driven by Purpose and Destined for Change.
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Raised in a desperately poor village during the height of China’s Cultural Revolution, Li Cunxin’s childhood revolved around the commune, his family and Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book. Until, that is, Madame Mao’s cultural delegates came in search of young peasants to study ballet at the academy in Beijing and he was thrust into a completely unfamiliar world. When a trip to Texas as part of a rare cultural exchange opened his eyes to life and love beyond China’s borders, he defected to the United States in an extraordinary and dramatic tale of Cold War intrigue. Told in his own distinctive voice, this is Li’s inspirational story of how he came to be Mao’s last dancer, and one of the world’s greatest ballet dancers.
About the Author
Li Cunxin was born in a village near the city of Qingdao, northern China, in 1961. At the age of eleven, he was chosen to become a student at the Beijing Dance Academy. After attending a summer school in America, he defected to the West and became a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet. Li now lives in Australia with his wife and their three children.
Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
About the Author
Vicki Constantine Croke has been chronicling animal life for more than two decades–tracking polar bears, Tasmanian devils, and Madagascar’s top predator, the fossa. She now covers animal issues for WBUR-FM, Boston’s NPR news station, on air (“Here and Now”) and on WBUR’s The Wild Life online. Her work there earned a 2013 regional Edward R. Murrow Award. She is the author of “The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China’s Most Exotic Animal, “and” The Modern Ark: The Story of Zoos–Past, Present and Future. “Croke has worked on nature documentaries for Disney and for the A&E channel and anchored “The Secret Life of Animals” on NECN-TV. She also wrote “The Boston Globe”‘s “Animal Beat” column for thirteen years, and has contributed to “The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Sunday Telegraph, Time, Popular Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, Gourmet, National Wildlife, ” and “Discover” magazine, among others. She lives in the Boston area.