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Nobody’s ever heard of the Freedom Swimmer movement of around 600,000 Chinese refugees fleeing to Hong Kong during the Cultural Revolution. When I first heard this story about my dad, it was passed down like a fairy tale. My mom told me it took him one week to swim, with two friends, and they both died along the way. I wanted the true story from my dad, so I sat him down and interviewed him. This piece of history demands to be known. It intrigued me, and I know it’ll intrigue others, so that’s why I am telling this story.

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