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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While Ailing went into business and Qingling became a political wife, the youngest of the sisters, Meiling, devoted herself to Shanghai high society. They also believed that women should be man’s equal and the three sisters all rose to positions of influence. Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the 'Father of China', Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao's vice-chair.

However, you can’t understand twentieth-century Chinese history without knowing about the role of this remarkable family. There are good men and women in this historical too, and Chang is very clear who they were and of her own sympathies with them.Additional informations are always welcomed and knowing there was a movie adaptation of this history made me want to watch it soon. 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.

There is a saying dating from the Maoist era that one sister loved money, one loved power, and one loved her country, although Chang at least attempts to add some nuance and perspective. View image in fullscreen From left: Madame Chiang Kai-shek – Meiling – with her sisters Ailing and Qingling in 1942 in Chungking. Mnogość publikacji każdorazowo podparta kilkudziesięciostronicową bibliografią wystarczy, aby Jung Chang uznać za specjalistkę od najnowszej historii Chin.

Her books have been translated into over 40 languages and sold more than 15 million copies outside Mainland China, where they are banned. Their unions would influence the history of the world, yet all I could recite was the fairytale-like adage, “One loved money, one loved power, one loved her country. 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. The best thing about this marriage was Sun's death and the special treatment his role as a China’s”father” accorded her.

Dall'America dove il padre ha voluto che studiassero, sino ai contatti con la Russia passando per gli esili a Berlino, alle fughe in Giappone sino ad arrivare a Taiwan e poi di nuovo a Shanghai dove si sono affermate e fatte apprezzare al mondo. They made their country fit their ideals and appetites (Big Sister and Red Sister, in particular) so much so that I found myself asking—if the Soong sisters had not met men like Sun or Chiang, would they still have been together?The Soong sisters came from a world of privilege—they had every comfort they could want and were the first Chinese women to be educated at American universities.



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