Description - Sweet Mandarin by Helen Tse
Sweet Mandarins follows the lives of three generations of Chinese women from the same family, all of whom have struggled to pull themselves out of the most horrific situations, and have today succeeded in turning their fortunes around. Against a background of significant political upheaval over almost a century, and in a time and society where women were largely dependent on men, the strong women of this family had to learn to survive. Their incredible story begins with Helen's grandmother, Lilly Kwok. Born into brutal poverty in rural China in 1918, her father started a successful soy sauce business, enabling them to move to Hong Kong in the 1930s. Her father's violent murder plunged her family back into desperate poverty but Lilly, showing the same resourcefulness and enterprising nature as her father, was able to pull herself away from harm by learning English and becoming an amah to a wealthy English family. A career that eventually enabled her and her daughter Mabel to move to the UK. She was among the first Chinese to arrive in Manchester and set up a popular Chinese restaurant. Mabel continued the family business but just as she had given birth to her daughter Helen, her
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Author Biography - Helen Tse
Helen and her identical twin Lisa were born in 1977 and grew up in Manchester UK. Helen's passion for writing began whilst studying law at Cambridge University. She worked as a finance and tax lawyer for Clifford Chance in London and Hong Kong. Since then, she has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers and won the Young Accountant of the Year Award 2006 for her work on helping companies invest in China. Her passions are food, business and people. These interests have propelled Helen and her two sisters, Lisa and Janet Tse to open an award winning restaurant Sweet Mandarin in Manchester and to follow in their mother's and grandmother's footsteps- www.sweetmandarin.com. Together, they have appeared on TV and radio, and have featured in numerous press and magazine articles, speaking on topics ranging from women in business, food, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, immigration, nationality, Chinese culture and investing in China.