“My mom prayed to Buddha every day to save me, crying constantly and climbing to the temple on top of Tiger Mountain – 2,000 metres above the sea.
“I had a fiancee, but my parents didn’t want to hurt her life further, so they persuaded her to find another partner.
“My mother had to stay at home to look after my grandmother, who was over 80 years old, so my father and sister came to Australia – sent off by many friends and family. My parents had already lost a son in 1983 – a clever mathematician. While I was unable to be as excellent as my younger brother, my father declared that he would prefer to be dead than to carry the burden of sadness if I was unable to be saved.”