Double Luck & My Good Fortune
Gordon Lu ( Lu Chi Fa ) was born in 1942 in Jiangsu Province of China. He grew up there and in Shanghai HongKong and Taiwan. As an orphan, he was shuffled from one house to another; he often was hungry, beaten and forced to beg to survive. In 1969, he immigrated to the United States, and through hard work and perseverance realized the American dream of success.
Double Luck - Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan, the account of Lu Chi Fa's early years in China, was written with the hope of inspiring others to seek opportunity in times of crisis, to believe in the rewards of hard work, and to succeed in their personal and professional lives. Double Luck has been a successful book : some 70,000 copies have been printed, and the book received a gold award for non-fiction from the Parent's Choice Foundation. Three education classes at California Polytechnic University include Double Luck on their required reading lists. Lu Chi Fa has been invited to speak to numerous school classes and community groups.
My Good Furtune, this book adds details about Lu Chi Fa's early life and follows his quest to create good fortune, the culmination of a childhood yearning to escape poverty and hunger. Despite problems and the lingering effects of childhood abuse, he succeeded. He ran several successful businesses in Southern California and in 1990 moved to Morro Bay where he has owned The Coffee Pot restaurant ever since.
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