Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

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Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

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Mnogość publikacji każdorazowo podparta kilkudziesięciostronicową bibliografią wystarczy, aby Jung Chang uznać za specjalistkę od najnowszej historii Chin. Jung Chang is probably best known for her hugely successful family autobiography Wild Swans, however she has also written two historic books Mao: The Unknown Story and Empress Dowager Cixi. You see Sun-yat-sen only interested in being president and creating the civil war the ended China’s democracy (that he supposedly founded) to have this status/power. Despite supporting CCP, she even after their victory still lived in a mansion with servants – far from ordinary Chinese and far from equality formally backed by her. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant attacks and mortal danger.

She makes such complicated moments in history so easy to understand and after reading this I feel like I’m a FOUNTAIN of knowledge on the politics of twentieth-century China. Ich jedyną nadzieją okazywały się kobiety, które potrafiły używać swojej siły wpływu do sterowania mężczyznami u władzy – i tutaj oto mamy możliwą przyczynę zbanowania tej książki w patriarchalnych Chinach. Córki poczciwego kaznodziei o imieniu Charlie, który bardziej przesiąknął kulturą Stanów Zjednoczonych niż Chin. Years ago I read Madame Chiang Kai-shek: China's Eternal First Lady which, overall, paints a very different picture of "Little Sister". This was in part attributable to the malevolent and destabilising influence that Stalin's Soviet Union exerted.

Indeed, if the Soong sisters had not actually existed, the story of their operatic lives, had it been conjured in fiction, would surely have been branded by censors as salacious spiritual pollution. Another interesting detail, that ‘classic’ historic narrative about China in 1920s-30s stresses multiple local warlords, which split China. The sisters therefore reproduced in microcosm the great political schism – nationalist versus communist – of 20th-century China. I've already read Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by the same author, and I've read about the Soong sisters in Sterling Seagrave's The Soong Dynasty so I decided to give this book a try.

Its three fairy-tale heroines, poised between east and west, spanned three centuries, two continents and a revolution, with consequences that reverberate, perhaps now more than ever, in all our lives to this day. She miscarried during a traumatic escape, and was subsequently – to her great sorrow – unable to have children. That book, which “portrayed the Soong family in a highly unfavourable light,” shaped my views of some of the major figures in twentieth-century Chinese history, including Dowager Empress Cixi, Dr.Having lived in the US from age nine to nineteen, she spoke English but was illiterate in Chinese, which she had to learn later in life. This book, despite its length, fairly zips along, leaving you hungry to know more about China's extraordinary and turbulent history in the past hundred years. In fact, it was Ei-ling who was her brother-in-law Chiang Kai-shek’s most influential advisor, even though much of her advice had to be funneled through her husband or a younger brother who also served in Chiang’s cabinet. Also, say, Sun was not considered a warlord, even though he owned an army and occupied Canton (such are peculiarities of historic narrative). The best thing about this marriage was Sun's death and the special treatment his role as a China’s”father” accorded her.

It features the rise of Sun Yat-Sen and the overthrow of the Chinese monarchy to May-Ling’s marriage to Chiang Kai-Shek. There were some details that could be taken out because they are simply not needed for the readers to understand certain events that were taking place.Na nieszczęście Charliego wśród ubiegających się o rękę jednej z córek znalazł się największy rewolucjonista kraju. Despite their divergent destinies, the Soong sisters were clearly emboldened by their life of plenty.

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