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

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Sun, who married Red Sister, was once revered by Chinese outside China, but his stature has been diminished by his own fallibility and ambition – faults comparable to that of his brother-in-law, Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek’s. It features the rise of Sun Yat-Sen and the overthrow of the Chinese monarchy to May-Ling’s marriage to Chiang Kai-Shek. 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. Yes, provincial chiefs grew powerful and assertive, some of them took to arms to settle disputes with their neighbours but warlords all recognised the elected Beijing government. 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.

Photograph: Historic Collection/Alamy View image in fullscreen Qingling, Ailing and Meiling Song all played dominant roles in 20th-century Chinese life. Książka przez wielu uwielbiana, bo osobista, prawdziwa, a do tego w kraju urodzin autorki zakazana (pisałem o niej wcześniej). Among them, Marshall Wu Pei-Fu, a warlord (not all warlords were bad), and Mu-Zhen, Sun’s first and long-suffering wife.

Mostly, I get the impression that this book is mainly notes - some interesting tangents are not discussed at all, and other lines of discussion are ignored, some events are just strung together. Her 832-page biography of Mao Zedong, Mao: The Unknown Story, written with her husband, the Irish historian Jon Halliday, was published in June 2005. Dia mengabdikan dirinya membela pihak Komunis yg diyakininya itulah ideologi yg diinginkan oleh suaminya, sehingga julukannya adalah "ai guo" (cinta negara).

Dari yg saya baca ini hidup mereka sangat tidak mudah dan enak dibayangkan oleh saya yg boleh dibilang lahir pd menjelang akhir abad 20. If their passions had not materialized into men that echoed their own convictions, would they have remained as they were? The author, who grew up in the People's Republic of China, has no love for the Communists, but she has no love for the Kuomintang, which also has violent history, either. He wanted the best possible life four his children, including three daughter, all of whom got an education in the US and this unique characteristic for Chinese women (patriarchy there is strong even now, say there are no women in Politburo, 24-member leading body of the Chinese Communist Party, at the moment, in 2024! Her argument was that she had to meet the Generalissimo’s political needs, provide for Little Sister, and, especially, prepare for the first couple’s rainy day.Tre sorelle molto diverse tra di loro, ma che grazie alla loro perseveranza, coraggio hanno reso ancora più grande il popolo cinese. But they had very fine skin, delicate features and graceful bearing, enhanced by fashionable clothes.

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