As a three-year-old in China, Quin Tang's mother was shot in front of her and her father taken away.
After moving to Christchurch 25 years ago, she walked out of an abusive marriage with two young children, no money and speaking little English. Tang then attended Canterbury University, teaching herself to read English from the text books there.
She attained four degrees with an A+ average, and began working as a psychiatrist and counsellor. Quin was working in the CTV building when it collapsed.
She took two weeks off work to recover, then came back and began counselling other victims of the Christchurch earthquakes.
She has written and self-published the story of her life, Half a Walnut Tree.