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During the Boxer Uprising in China in 1899, an Australian naval officer, Lieutenant Robert Pride, fell in love with an educated Chinese woman, Lin. He bought her a beautiful jade and diamond engagement ring and was endeavouring to obtain permission to marry her from the authorities but was killed in the final Australian battle of the war. Lin found that she was pregnant, and the Peking Mission of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel sent her to an inland Mission at the small town of Tengehow, run by Henry and Elizabeth Luce. She looked after and educated their son, Henry, as well as her own when he was born. The Mission was closed and they were unable to take Lin with them. Because they had saved her life, when they departed she insisted they take the love ring, which was only to be passed in to a couple deeply in love. Lin was given a teaching post by the local community, and the Mission sent her money annually. Henry Luce became a highly succesful businessman, and married into wealth. After five years of marriage he came back from Europe unexpectedly to find his wife in bed with one of his friends. He had obtained the love ring from his mother to give to his wife, and threw it out of the window. Bewildered, he decided to kill himself, but there was a knocking at the door. It was a woman holding the ring. Her name was Joanne. Sensing he was beside himself, she walked with him, and ultimately they fell in love, and Joanne would become the recipient of the love ring. They decided to see the world, and went to England, Iraq, ,Greece, Crete, Italy and Egypt, studying the various archaelogical sites and meeting some of the world's leading archaeologists. They would have a daughter, Helene, named after Helen of Troy. She became an Olympic gold medallist in swimming, and then attended Oxford University. Her father died and her mother soon thereafter. As she was dying she gave the love ring to her daughter. While at Oxford she met a Chinese man, and incredibly it was Lin's grandson. She fell in love and was married, the ring serving as their wedding band. They decided to search for the Pride family and went to Australia. They found the family, who had records of the young naval officer who was killed. They were welcomed into the family, and felt that the ring and fate had brought the original romance into a marvellous conclusion. This love story covers the world as the ring is passed on from one in love to another.
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Emeritus Professor Max Howell is Australian born, was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, Stellenbosch University and Australia. He has two earned doctorate degrees and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta because of his contribution to graduate study in Canada and sport history world-wide. He was awarded the Order of Australia(AO) for the same reasons. Two addresses are named in his honour, one in North America and the other in Australia. He has written over 50 books and 300 research publications.He was President of the Canadian Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, President of the Canadian Association of Sport Sciences, President of the North American Society of Sport History.He has presented most of the world-wide addresses in his field, in Canada, the USA, Australia, Thailand, Egypt and so on.He was a member of the Australian rugby team, the Wallabies, and coached Canada. A brilliant teacher, he was the first Australian to receive a doctorate degree in what is now called Sport Sciences. Dr Lingyu Xie was born in China, her father being the head of one of China's film studios, and wrote and/or directed many Chinese classics, which Dr Xie has brought together in a memorial publication. Her mother was an actress, pianist and harpist. Her parents were committed to education, and at the Beijing Sport Institute she was the outstanding undergraduate, and the outstanding student for her Master's degree. She completed her PhD at The University of Queensland, and recived an award as the outstanding PhD student of her year. Her area of expertise is on Sport in Ancient China. She has published a number of books with her husband, Professor Howell. An outstanding volleyball player, she captained her province in China, and represented China in some beach volleyball games.
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