It Changed My Life: Growing up in the red-light district

Charmaine Leung has penned a book about what it's like growing up in a red light district

The Chinese phrase stuck in her mind after Charmaine Leung first heard it while watching a Hong Kong drama serial.

Then in her teens, she told herself she had to chu ren tou di, which means to achieve success and stand head and shoulders above others.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline 'Shedding the pain and shame from her childhood'. Print Edition | Subscribe