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Biography of famous Taiwanese vegetable vendor available in Thailand

2012/04/20 22:57:33

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) The biography of Chen Shu-chu, a vegetable vendor who made Time Magazine's 2010 list of the world's 100 most influential people for her acts of philanthropy, is now available in Thailand.

Chu Ya-chun, head of Aquarius Publishing, which published Chen's biography early last year, said the Thai version hit the market in March.

A Chinese publisher has obtained the rights to distribute the book in China, Chu said, and a simplified Chinese version is expected to be available there in the middle of this year.

A Korean publishing firm has also expressed interest in releasing the book in South Korea, the publisher said.

Chen, who sells vegetables in Taitung in eastern Taiwan, was ranked eighth in the "heroes" category of Time's 2010 list for donating nearly NT$10 million (US$338,983) she had saved from her limited income to various charitable causes, including helping her old elementary school build a library.

Chen dropped out of school at the age of 13 and started selling vegetables at a traditional market to support her five younger siblings.

She donated another NT$1 million late last year to the Red Cross Society with royalties on sales of her biography and savings from vegetable sales.

Forbes Asia elected Chen as one of its 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in 2010.

(By Sabine Cheng and Jamie Wang)