Double Luck is the story of a boy named Lu Chi Fa who was born in China.
When he was three years old, both his parents died, leaving him one thing: his name,
which means "new beginning." For an orphan passed from relative to relative,
and even sold into slavery, the name "new beginning" was most appropriate.
Recognition by the Community
Lu Chi Fa "Gordon" was a 2014 local hero nominee for
KCET's Asian Pacific
American Heritage Month
in recognition of his dedication and commitment to enrich the
lives of others.
This nomination follows the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce naming the
Coffee Pot Restaurant and Gordon Lu as its
first Business of the Month
in recognition of outstanding and unselfish service to the community of Morro Bay.
Excerpt from the book: I don't remember the name of the Communist chief
who paid five hundred pounds of rice for me. He was middle-aged and had recently married
for the first time. His new wife had a twenty-year-old son. Communist Father reasoned that
his stepson was too old for him to train, but I was a very small boy, and in his eyes,
I was still trainable. Little Chi Fa would make an obedient son. Communist Father said
this his stepson was Number One Son and I was Number Two Son. We made him twice lucky.
That was how I got my new name, Shang Shii, which means "double luck."
Recipient of the
Parents Choice Gold Award
You can purchase copies of Double Luck: Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan at
Amazon.com or by writing to Double Luck.
Double Luck's story is filled to the brim with account after account of how the human spirit can triumph. In the
Chinese language, the word "crisis" is written with two symbols: one meaning "danger" and
the other meaning "opportunity." Chi Fa's childhood certainly was filled with crisis. It was fraught
with danger. But through his struggles, Double Luck always looked for opportunity. His amazing story will give
every person who learns of it the best that life has to offer - hope in days of despair and strength in
When Chi Fa was a little boy and
called out for help, no one answered. He promised himself then and there, that if ever he were
successful he would do something to help others. Now that his memoirs have been published, he
is keeping that promise. Copies of Double Luck are sold in his restaurant, at book
signings, and online. Revenue from sales have been given to the Morro Bay and Atascadero
libraries in California for their children's programs. Additional contributions have been made
to the Morro Bay Library to renovate their children's room and to Cal Poly (in San Luis Obispo)
for student scholarships.
As many others do, Marjorie Judd of Troy, Kansas, came to meet Chi Fa at his restaurant.
Write to Double Luck
. The Coffee Pot Restaurant is
located at 1001 Front Street
(on the Embarcadero) in Morro Bay, California 93442. Hours: 7am-2pm daily.