China Institute

China Under the shadow of the Rising Sun, by Dr. Paul Chow

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Jerome Richfield Hall (JR) 319, English Reading Room, CSUN
Dr. Paul Chow's presentation


Introduction: Dr. Chow grew up in the China under the shadow of a rising military empire in Asia with an ambition to replace the Western colonial powers. However, living in an ivory tower that was isolated from what was going on around him, he learned about his own predicament only through school books. Then one day bombs fell on his head. He was made homeless. When the Japanese force pressed on China's war capital, Chungking, he joined "The First Army Under the Sky" and fought in Burma under the legendary commander "Jungle Fox". Chow will recount his personal experience in the Sino-Japanese War while the entire Chinese population was struggling for survival.

A short bio: Born in Beijing in 1926, Paul Chow grew up and attended 14 different schools in concessions and colonies that were owned by different foreign powers. In his junior year, he joined the army to fight against the Japanese invasion in Burma. After the war, he went to sea to seek for his childhood dream on the wide blue waters, sailing for about ten years. In 1955 he was able to successfully cross the Pacific Ocean solely on wind power in 53 days. He studied at a junior college, San Francisco City College, and University of California at Berkeley, before he got a Ph.D. in physics from Northwestern University. Chow retired from California State University, Northridge in 1994 and devoted his time in writing. Books published include IT’S JUST A FLY, MOISHE FANTASY, WALKING ON LIBERATED FEET, and THE JUNK THAT CHALLENGED THE YACHTS, all available on