Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang is a woman after my own heart. She first traveled to China in 1986 (when this photo was taken) at the age of 19 to study in Tianjin for a summer. Although she was reading Chinese at Oxford, her friends back in the UK thought she was crazy to go off to such a faraway and rustic country. She was simply ahead of her time. And the trip turned into a life-changing experience.
Half a year after her summer in Tianjin, Rhiannon was back in Asia, this time in Taiwan. She eventually married a man from Hong Kong and now lives in England with her husband and son. What’s more, she is the author of the fabulous novel, The Woman Who Lost China (Open Books, 2013), which I reviewed several weeks ago. I love her book because it covers modern Chinese history and includes chapters set in Hong Kong at a time when thousands of Chinese refugees settled in the British colony. I also love it because it’s an entertaining and thrilling story!