Adeline Yen Mah, author of the international bestseller Falling Leaves, is the subject of one of the TV programmes specially made for the Open University's new Pacific Studies course.

Adeline, a doctor, was born in Shanghai, moved to Hong Kong, studied inLondon, and now lives in California. Her very personal story of a life journey across the Pacific also throws light on wider questions of identity.

Family ties: the story of Adeline Yen Mah is showing for the first time on 3 July on BBC 2 at 00.30. You can also explore some of the issues in the radio programme 'Living on the edge: women in China' on 21 June on Radio 4 longwave at 8pm.