Helena author Anna Bucher Jones will speak about her book “Ocho, Ocho: My Childhood in War-Torn Asia” and will sign copies from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in the Mai Wah Museum, 17 W. Mercury.
Also featured will be Anna’s Chinese dress which appears on the cover of the book. Anna donated the dress to the Mai Wah Collection a few years ago.
The book is available at local bookstores or from distributor Farcountry Press at www.farcountrypress.com.
Told in a series of letters to her eight grandchildren, Ocho, Ocho recounts Anna’s tumultuous childhood growing up in China and the Philippines during World War II.
Born to Presbyterian missionaries on remote Hainan Island, South China, Anna Louise Bucher lived mostly in different parts of Asia until she was 14. Due to the conquest of the Philippine Islands by Japan, her family was detained there throughout World War II. In 1949 the communist takeover of China made it necessary for the family to leave that country.
After their rescue and return to the United States, Anna’s father brought the family back to China. When life under the Communist regime became unbearable, they moved once more to the U.S., where Anna graduated high school and college. She then moved to Dillon where she raised three children.
“Growing up in Asia and the United States made me a ‘bifocular’ person. I can see things from several different points of view,” said Jones.
Jones and her husband John live in Helena. They share six children between them and eight grandchildren, who are also the book’s namesake as “ocho” is Spanish for eight.