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By Fu Hua Chen

Seldom, if ever, will one see jap and Western cultures woven into an exhilarating cloth of engineering fulfillment as during this autobiography by way of Fu Hua Chen. a narrative of loyalty, devotion, ingenuity, and ambition, among East and West is a relocating chronicle of Chen's notable lifestyles event as an engineer, researcher, businessman, educator, and chief of individuals. Having labored seventy years within the box of civil engineering, he's identified at the present time either for his technical accomplishments and for his dealing with hundreds of thousands of staff and motivating them to complete the very unlikely at a private sacrifice not often visible. After finishing a master's measure in civil engineering from the collage of Illinois, Chen again to his native land, China, throughout the brutal years of the Sino-Japanese conflict and international struggle II. The son of a innovative martyr, he acquired medals from the presidents of China and the USA for supporting to avoid the japanese from conquering China in global struggle II, through the interval whilst he controlled development of the Burma street. His credit additionally contain overseeing development of the Tibet street, reconnaissing the Ho Chi Minh path, and founding a profitable geotechnical consulting company within the Rocky Mountain sector, with seven places of work in 4 states. among East and West is a stimulating, inspiring, and unique ebook sparked by way of humour, background, and tradition alongside the street routes. it is going to entice a large readership, with distinct curiosity to the engineering region.

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During these years I learned a great deal about engineering from all the projects I did in China. We didn't have the luxury of trial and error, so a project had to work the first time. Several years later I tried my soil-cement idea again on a short stretch of road in the city of Chongqing (Chungking). This time, no animal-drawn, iron-wheeled carts were in use, and the road lasted for several years. Page 25 4 A Road in Fourteen Days Even before the soil-stabilization work had ended, Chief engineer Liu asked me to return to Xian for vital instructions.

Page 13 2 From Beijing to the United States I attended high school in Beijing, having moved from Shanghai. The school had been founded by missionaries from London. Their goal, of course, was to bring the word of Jesus to the nonbelievers. As part of the price of education, all students were required to participate in the morning prayer meetings and Bible study sessions. The missionaries, to their credit, were extremely dedicated. History, philosophy, and geography were taught in English. I benefited from these lessons, and acquired a knowledge of basic English.

From Beijing to the United States 13 3. The Xian Highway 20 4. A Road in Fourteen Days 25 5. Xian to Lanzhou 32 6. The Survey Through the Mountains 37 7. Along the White Dragon River 42 8. The Gansu-Sichuan Highway 48 9. Chongqing and the Southwest 58 10. The Ho Chi Minh Trail 67 11. Marriage and Leshan 73 12. The Burma Road 79 13. Crossing the Salween 88 14. Roof of the World 93 15. The Qinghai-Tibet Highway 100 16. Civil War and Hong Kong 108 17. Life as a Consultant 118 18. Chen and Associates 123 19.

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