This book started about ten years ago as a very short document to record all my recollections about my mother, Mu Chen Liu. Her love, courage, and grace have inﬂuenced my life and the lives of many people around her during her time on this earth. Many good friends had encouraged me to write something about her. With limited recollections, I wrote as much as I could, but hoped that it would just be the beginning of the work that I wanted to ﬁnish later. Recently, I added recollections about my father, Ching Wu Liu, with the hope that these stories might be an encouragement to others. Some of the stories are similar, but are told from the two diﬀerent perspectives of each of my parents.
The book introduces a Chinese family, the relationships among the members, and the upbringing of the children. Because of the loving and inspiring family relationships that I experienced, I oﬀer my observations and interpretation of how my mother, Mu Chen, elevated her children’s abilities to have successful educational accomplishments and professional achievements, and how my father, Ching Wu, guided his family’s survival. The details of my family members’ interactions and human behaviors inspired me to share my discoveries of the source of their inner strength and potential, as seen at various levels of contribution to their society and country, China. Those observations led me to speculate that the source of the energy, grace, and courage to accomplish great things did not come from depending on personal eﬀorts, but from a certain mysterious inner strength and drive. This source can be traced in almost all the families who have played important roles in governing their local areas and the country of China at large for generations. I hope my views may remind readers to look at the progress of the country that was built and is still being built with peace and love in the minds of the leaders.