Golden Mountain
Irene Kai

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Narrated By: Anna Fields

Duration: 11 hours and 7 minutes

What to expect

A journey back in time, The Golden Mountain is the gripping story of four generations of Chinese women who live and die under the restrictions of their culture—except for one, the author. Her story tells of growing up in Hong Kong and of her transition to New York City, where she struggled to meld the American dream with her ethnic background. Finally, at age fifty she dares to move into the present and understand the true nature of dreams and what it means to live.

Spanning continents, generations, immigrations, cultural changes, and social movements, The Golden Mountain is the deeply inspiring tale of a woman claiming her power.


Memoirs, Biography: general, Gender studies: women and girls, Ethnic studies

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“The calm emotional authority and dramatic range of Anna Fields add depth and continuity to this powerful morality tale…The strength of these characters is vivid and unforgettable.”


The Golden Mountain is a story of empowerment, courage, and forgiveness—lessons that transcend even those influences that would isolate us.”

Mail Tribune (Medford, Oregon)

“Passionate and profound…That the story is true makes this ingenious and beautiful work all the more compelling.”

Jean Houston, author of A Mythic Life

“Irene embraces her American life with frustration, fortitude, and rebellion—emerging a dynamic, spiritually-centered, truly twenty-first century woman. A must-read.”

Joan Kenley, author of Voice Power

“A unique and fascinating view into deep cultural roots and how they both challenge and nourish the growth of new branches in another culture across an ocean.”

Elisabet Sahtouris, PhD

“This is a gripping story of transformation, courage, and enlightenment. Four women survive enormous odds under the restrictions of their culture until Irene dares move into the present to catch her breath of freedom. A deeply inspiring example of a woman claiming her power. Kept me engrossed to the last word.”