Journey of a Thousand Miles

Journey of a Thousand Miles

An Extraordinary Life

By Ruey J. Yu , with Kate Jaimet

176 Pages · 9x6 · November 14 2017

Paper ISBN: 9780776625676

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ePub ISBN: 9780776625690

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Born into poverty in Japanese-occupied Taiwan, Ruey Yu overcame near-starvation during the Second World War. Destiny, however, had other plans for him: he was to become an award-winning biochemist, then the co-founder of what would soon become the multi-million-dollar skin care company NeoStrata.

After living through the Second World War and the post-war military dictatorship of General Chiang Kai-Shek, Dr. Yu won a coveted post-graduate scholarship to study chemistry at the University of Ottawa. He subsequently took up a research position at the renowned Skin and Cancer Hospital (Temple University) in Philadelphia, where he collaborated with pre-eminent dermatologist Dr. Eugene Van Scott to develop treatments for serious skin diseases.

In 1972, Dr. Yu and Dr. Van Scott discovered that fruit acids, known as AHAs, could effectively treat the disfiguring skin disease ichthyosis, changing the lives of thousands of people who suffered from this debilitating illness. Their further research into the biochemical properties of AHAs led to the discovery of the anti-wrinkle and anti-aging effects of these natural substances—a discovery that was licensed by skin care companies around the world, sparking the multibillion-dollar cosmeceutical industry.

Foreword, by Eugene J. Van Scott................. ix

Prologue: Taiwan, 1946.................  1

Chapter 1 Coal Dust and Daydreams ................. 5

Chapter 2 Bowing to the Emperor ................. 9

Chapter 3 A “City Monkey” in the Country................. 15

Chapter 4 Starvation and Surrender ................. 21

Chapter 5 Return to Hsinchu ................. 27

Chapter 6 The Tale of the Poor Scholar ................. 35

Chapter 7 A Diamond in the Trash ................. 43

Chapter 8 Pedalling Through Taipei ................. 47

Chapter 9 Pure Chemistry ................. 57

Chapter 10 Quemoy ................. 63

Chapter 11 Snowed Under ................. 71

Chapter 12 Coming to America ................. 83

Chapter 13 A Life-Changing Discovery ................. 91

Chapter 14 Taking a Gamble ................. 99

Chapter 15 Avon Calling ................. 105

Chapter 16 A Wrinkle in the Business ................. 111

Chapter 17 Head to Head with the Pink Lady ................. 119

Chapter 18 Moving Forward, Giving Back ................. 133

Chapter 19 New Research Directions ................. 141

Epilogue: Philosophy and Vision of My Life ................. 147

Afterword: Ruey Yu as a Child of Taiwan, by Scott Simon ................. 153