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Kidnapped at age two, a refugee from the Chinese Communist revolution, a man who had seen the world by the time he was sixteen, Chi-Dooh Li had earned his comfortable life in America. But a throwaway comment by a man he had never met shook him awake to a shocking realization - an idea he pursued into the jungles of Guatemala during the heat of a brutal civil war, bringing ...more
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Published 2012 by Self-Published
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Eric Parker
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Buy This Land is the improbable story of Chi-Dooh "Skip" Li a Spanish-speaking Chinese lawyer from Seattle who has changed thousands of lives because he once said yes to a crazy idea.

Skip's father was a career diplomat for the Republic of China (ROC) which explains his unusual upbringing. He was born in India and had lived in China, Australia, Taiwan, Guatemala, and Colombia by the age of 16. He went to the United States for college upon graduating from secondary school in Colombia and eventuall
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Deanna Wiseburn
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deanna by: Eric Parker
Buy This Land is not a book I would have handpicked to read on my own. Yet after hearing about it, I was ready to give it a try. It's a good thing because it tells an awesome story of how God takes every instance of your life to form a beautiful tapestry of service to Him.

Chi-Dooh Li, also called Skip lived a life on the move, but nothing was wasted, and all of it was essential. This story is a personal narrative on Skip, a Chinese lawyer born in India with an American passport, who speaks Spani
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Jon
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Have you ever dared to chase after one of your crazy ideas?

Buy This Land is a memoir that tells the story of a Spanish-speaking Chinese lawyer from Seattle, and his pursuit to provide dignity and hope to the rural poor in Guatemala and other Central American countries. It’s the story of a man dared to chase after a crazy idea.

My shared connection to Guatemala made this book especially interesting to me as I could envision the places and people the author shares throughout the pages of this real-
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Naomi
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Central America, and those interested in poverty alleviation
I loved this book about a Chinese man who was born in India, lived in Guatemala and Colombia in his youth, became a lawyer in Seattle as an adult, and embarked on a crazy endeavor in the 80's to help the rural poor of Guatemala purchase their own land, amidst a raging civil war.

A genuinely interesting story, it kept me turning the pages and intrigued...not so much in the thrilling, have-to-know-what-happens-next sort of way, but just authentic, moving, and engaging. I enjoyed how Li brought up
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Tim Hoiland
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Before Buy This Land gets to Skip Li's later work in Latin America, it begins with a brief autobiography of his childhood and young adult years. Li’s upbringing was an eventful one, with moves every few years between countries all over the world. Among those countries was Guatemala, where Li’s family lived from 1956 to 1959, when Li was a young boy. Many years later, in 1982, Li found himself returning to Guatemala as a Seattle-based lawyer haunted by a big, audacious idea that emerged after hea ...more
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Chi-Dooh Li is a partner at the Seattle law firm Ellis, Li, and McKinstry and founder of Agros International. He is known to his friends as “Skip” a shortened version of the nickname “Skipper” which he earned as a 4-year-old while bossing British soldiers around the Chinese diplomatic compound in Malaysia. His father was a Chinese Diplomat, and by his 17th birthday he had lived in 8 countries acro ...more

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