Li Ling Ai. LIFE IS FOR A LONG TIME. A Chinese Hawaiian Memoir by Li Ling Ai. New York: Hastings House Publishers, 1972. First edition, signed, inscribed and dated in English, with a quotation, and in Chinese: “‘Each man must walk the garden of the soul alone.’ My deepest thoughts and best wishes to you and all those you love Li Ling-Ai Jan. 1973 1st edition New York.” Dust jacket is in blue, black and gold, with white lettering on the front panel, and a portrait by Lisa Hoffman of the author in traditional Chinese attire graces the back panel. Price of $7.95 on front cover flap is unclipped. Bound in striped paper boards with a blue cloth spine with black lettering. Signed and inscribed on the front fly-leaf. 8 ½ inches; [viii; 343 pages] The condition of the book and the dust jacket are fine, with only a minor chip at the head of the spine.
Ai Li-Ling was the child of Dr. Khai Fai and Dr. Kong Tai Heong, Cantonese immigrant parents to Hawaii. Li-Ling-Ai’s physician father practiced Western medicine, established a hospital, a school to teach Chinese children the philosophy of the sages, and a newspaper and a political party to encourage Overseas-Chinese to work for reform in Manchu-ruled China. Life is for a Long Time is a record of important events in Hawaii’s development and history, a place populated by diverse people of many ethnic origins. Li Ling Ai was not only the chronicler of the Li family and the part they played in the new Hawaii where she was born, she was a playwright, performer, director and movie maker. She co-produced with photographer Rey Scott of the Academy Award winning Kukan, a documentary of China’s struggle during World War II. She was a classical Chinese singer and dancer, and a well-known lecturer on Chinese topics around the United States. (Source: Hastings House, Publishers)