March 25, 1943 - Gayook’s Birth

Liu Jipiao’s eldest daughter, my mother, was born March 25, 1943 in Shanghai.

After multiple miscarriages and a still birth of a son 10 years prior, Gayook Liou was born. My grandmother remained bedridden for nine months to carry my mother to term. Gayook was named after both her paternal grandparents. The Lious lived in one of the apartment units at Pu Yuan still located in the French Concession.