About the Book :
WHERE'S THE MAGNIFICENT CHINESE JADE PAGODA?
Author brings life to her father’s great legacy to the world
Mae Chang Koh announces release of ‘The Magnificent Chinese Jade Pagoda’
LAS VEGAS – Mae Chang Koh always had this guilty feeling about not telling the story of her father, John Wen Ti Chang. Chang Wen Ti, as he was known, in 1933 proudly presented these creations at the Chicago Century of Progress World Expo of which the Magnificent Jade Pagoda is the centerpiece. It has meant more than any child to him. She finally realized it would be lost to the world if she did not write about it, for no one else would be able to tell his story as he wanted it to be told.
In her debut book “The Magnificent Chinese Jade Pagoda: China’s Greatest Lost Treasure to the World”, the author attempts to carefully and creatively narrate the story of this one man’s creations, the most spectacular carvings of the most beautiful work of art from the largest boulder of jade by using the
unbelievable talents of 150 Chinese artisans over 10 years of back breaking work in one of the most tumultuous periods of China. It tells how this one man devoted his entire life to making this jade pagoda an icon of peace as his legacy to the world.
It is an inspirational book that tells the story when, how and why of the ability of the Chinese artisans who though lived humble lives, were able to achieve this spectacular feat of creating this Magnificent Jade Pagoda to perfection. And it also tells about the man who had the conviction it would be an icon for peace; who God chose to bring it into the world,” the author tells.
In an excerpt from the book:
“In his mind, he wanted to create the most spectacular jade carving in all of history. “It had to be something, (he told me) that anyone looking at it would know it was Chinese. It had to please everyone who saw it and who would exclaim of its beauty and perfection”. This is the story of the magnificent Chinese Jade Pagoda.
This is one of my father’s last pictures 10 days before his death. As he appears, he was in perfect health and very happy to walk me down the aisle.