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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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. This remarkable biography of the Soong sisters zips along, meshing the personal and the political with style. Not that they were non-contentious - they were, but they needed each other if only to keep each other close and know who was doing what through all the societal changes that happened during their lifetimes. Like her beloved memoir, “Wild Swans” (1991), which recounts the evolution of China through the lens of her own life and those of her mother and grandmother, Chang’s new book tells her country’s story through three women of the same family.

He dealt with Triads (Chinese mafia), Germans during WW1 (official China supported Entente and sent laborers) and Soviets. Her value to her husband’s regime shone particularly through the grim years of the second world war. But they had very fine skin, delicate features and graceful bearing, enhanced by fashionable clothes.

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. Although Chiang did in fact lead the resistance to Japan (1937-45) despite Beijing’s propaganda crediting Mao Ze-dong, senior American military officers assigned as his aides universally regarded him as an utterly incompetent soldier and blamed him for the loss to the Communists. Jung Chang brings the early twentieth century to life as she explores the world of Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-Shek.

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister takes us on a sweeping journey from exiles’ quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. Learning about the true history of thesr real people can be hard because we know they went through this. Also, say, Sun was not considered a warlord, even though he owned an army and occupied Canton (such are peculiarities of historic narrative). Her earlier subjects included Dowager Empress Cixi, Mao Zedong, Madame Sun Yat-sen, and her own family. But to secure his control of the country, he promptly purged the communists from his new regime, killing thousands.Together, these three extraordinary women helped shape the destiny of the world’s most populous nation from the closing days of the Manchu dynasty to the dawn of China’s ascension into a superpower. I wish the focus is more on the sisters right from the start because that last 100 pages was really interesting on how the sisters were being manipulative, empowering and they did play significant roles in China history.

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