The credibility of a tech company founder who claimed she was forced into a Chinese Labor Camp as a child is being questioned, reports Forbes.
Ping Fu wrote about her story in her new book, Bend, Not Break. The founder of tech company Geomagic said she was tortured and raped during China’s Cultural Revolution and eventually deported to the US after spending time in a Chinese labor camp.
Commenters on Forbes where an article on Fu was published and also in the Chinese bloggersphere are questioning the validity of Fu’s story.
Wrote one person, “I experienced Culture Revolution and know a lot horrific stories happened in that era in person…. However, most of the stories listed in article are faked.”
When asked about this, Fu responded: “In the beginning of the book I said the Chinese government quietly deported me,” she says. “We could say that was a literary interpretation. I was asked to leave. My father helped me to find a visa to the US. I was told not to talk about it or to file for political asylum. My interpretation was I involuntary left China….If someone wants to say this is not deportation, fine. That’s my interpretation.” Who asked her to leave? “The police,” she says.
Her publicist also is doing some backtracking. ” Even though Ping was asked to leave China, she had to wait for an official passport to be issued.”