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TZU CHI Serving with Compassion - Synopsis

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This book tells the story of the largest NGO in the Chinese-speaking world, the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. It is the first full-length book on this subject in English written from the inside. The author was given unparalleled access to the organization, interviewing fulltime staff and volunteers in Taiwan and other countries.

The story begins in 1937 with the birth of a girl in an ordinary family in a small town in Taiwan, then a colony of Japan. It explains how the experience of the war and the sudden death of her father persuaded her to turn away from the life as a wife and mother which the family planned for her. Instead, she left home and became a Buddhist nun in East Taiwan, the poorest part of the island.

Cheng Yen established the foundation in 1966, to help the poor and the sick. It has since grown to more than 10 million members in nearly 50 countries around the world, providing international relief and medical aid, running schools, hospitals and a university, the biggest marrow bank in Asia and an environmental effort involving more than 100,000 people.

Tzu Chi is run with the efficiency of a multinational company; many of its members are executives of Taiwan’s biggest companies. It is the first Chinese charity to establish a global presence, on the principle that everyone, whatever their color, race or religion, is worthy of help. This is due to the charisma of its founder and the hard work of millions of unpaid volunteers. The book tells their dramatic and moving story.

Author: Mark O’Neill
Mark has been a professional journalist since leaving Oxford University in 1972. He has broadcast for the BBC, Radio Television Hong Kong and Radio France International. He has written thousands of articles for his two main employers, Reuters news agency and the South China Morning Post, as well as for other publications, including the Caijing magazine of Beijing, the New College magazine, the Orientations magazine on Asian Art and the Belfast Telegraph. Since 2007, he has been lecturing in journalism at Baptist University, Hong Kong and United International College, Zhuhai.

Product Details
Copyright © 2010 Kenneth Tai
Published in 2010 by John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd.
ISBN 978-0-470-82567-9
All rights reserved.


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