by Rick Kroos

A man before his time, Rick Kroos is a visionary adventurer who, after serving with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Vietnam, arrived in Hong Kong in 1969 without a portfolio, local language skills or employment.

His determination and tenacity landed employment with J. Roger Preston & Partners, a highly regarded mechanical engineering firm poised to play a major role in the development of Hong Kong.

One of the first American businessmen to open an office in China in early 1979, Rick directed landmark projects that stand throughout the mainland and in cities across Southeast Asia.

The Tao of the Badger is his life story; a fascinating and heartfelt account of an accidental American expatriate who embraced Chinese traditions and culture. Rick’s story, from his start in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to his settling in Hong Kong, parallels the unprecedented phenomenon of Asia’s explosive growth, diversity and resilience.


Hard cover, 364 pages.