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Born Strong: From Surviving the Great Famine to Teaching Tai Chi to Millions eBook

318 Pages

In 1948, Dr Paul Lam's mother left him in the care of his grandmother in China.  Ten months old at the time, Dr Lam - whose given Chinese name is Bon Trong, meaning "born to be strong" - grew up under the cruel Communist regime of Mao Zedong and nearly perished during the Great Famine.  After escaping from China, studying in Hong Kong, and finally settling in Australia, Dr Lam won a scholarship to study medicine.

Malnutrition left Dr. Lam with severe osteoarthritis.  He found that tai chi not only helped him manage the condition, the ancient practice improved every aspect of his life.  Dr Lam's burning passion to help others led him to create the Tai Chi for Health programs, where he combined his Western and Chinese medical knowledge with modern teaching methods.  More than five million people worldwide practice his Tai Chi for Health programs.

"An inspiring and engaging personal story of healing and Tai Chi, written by a physician and Tai Chi master leading the integration of Tai Chi into healthcare worldwide" - Peter Wayne, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and author of "The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi"

"This is the story of a man who has to rise above the chasm of death and impossible odds to turn the centuries-old, esoteric Oriental art of Tai Chi into a Western-science-and-medicine-based system of healthcare that has deeply touched the lives of millions.  It is a fable of humility, struggle, and heartbreak, but above all, of selfless sacrifice, unconditional love, staunch courage, and unwavering tenacity.  An inspirational read...." - Andy Choo, PhD, FAA.  Professor of biomedical genetics, University of Melbourne and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science; Tai Chi teacher and researcher.

  • Watch Dr Lam's introductory video clip
  • Discover the message hidden in the cover design

The cover photo is Dr Lam performing the Sun style tai chi form "Leisurely Tying Coat". The movement means Dr Lam is offering to share the secret to health and wellness through his own experience.

The logo on his shirt is the official logo of the Tai Chi for Health Institute - the green colour denotes trees, while brown is earth. The illustration is based on Dr Lam performing "Single Whip" another Sun style form meaning balance and inner strength. The logo implies that we, the people involved with the Tai Chi for Health vision, are tree farmers sowing seeds of health and wellness wherever we go. The color blue of the shirt represents the sky.

This is also why brown and green are the theme colours used on the cover.

Dr Lam's surname means "forest" in Chinese. One can imagine he was 'born strong' to create forests around the world; all his challenges have strengthened him to do the job.


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  1. Amazing Life Story! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jul 2022

    Dr. Lam's book Born Strong is a very thoughtful recollection of his life experiences that begins with a child's struggle under the harsh repression of Chinese Communist rulers. Surviving hunger and violence, developed lifelong bonds of love and deep mutual respect between him and the family members that cared for him. The story of Dr. Lam's escape from the difficult life in China, and his newly-found opportunities, highlight this very humble man's life as a loving father, a family physician and a teacher of Tai Chi to millions of people around the world. Born Strong highlights the value of hope, and maintaining a positive outlook on life.

  2. So interesting didnt want to put it down. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Sep 2016

    This is such an inspirational story. So glad Dr Lam is sharing
    his life's journey with us