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

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One thing I can say in definite favor of Chang's book is that it has a nice amount of pictures of the Soong sisters, in comparison to Seagrave's book. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Tak więc każdy bunt i rewolucja rodziła kolejne lata tyranii, zawsze tym samym kosztem – przeciętnych obywateli, którzy naiwnie ulegali pięknie opakowanym ideom. But eventually they were divided by politics because Ching-ling sided with the Communists and the other two were involved with the Nationalist Party (Kuomintang).

The combination of historical events, biographical elements and story telling makes it interesting to read and brings us closer to certain names or events. this book has indeed educated me on the history of China and introduced me to the historical figures behind the founding of CCP and the Nationalist Party. Had these two men cared more of China than their own wealth and self-aggrandisement, the history of China would have been different. Secara pribadi, saya paling menyukai Ai Ling yg sangat brilian dlm ide-ide mencari uang dan pandangannya ttg keluarga.This remarkable biography of the Soong sisters zips along, meshing the personal and the political with style.

The Soong sisters were an extraordinary trio … Jung Chang has shown, in books such as Wild Swans , her instinct for a compelling story , and that instinct stands her in good stead here as she weaves her way through the complex history of China from the 1880s to the 1970s… Well worth reading, in particular for the way it shows how powerful women have helped to shape modern China.These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's pageview limit. She adored Sun throughout her life, but Chang hinted in her book that Red Sister's love and admiration evaporated when she realised that Sun made use of her when he was escaping his enemies in Canton, risking her life for his ambition. In an attempt to emulate the selflessness of Joan of Arc, Ching-ling ended up devoting herself to a man unworthy of her worship. In some chapters, there seems to be more on the two key husbands - Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek - than on the three women themselves.

What has been a first shock for me was a wealth of information about Sun Yat-sen, about whom previously I read only accolades. 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? Ei-ling (‘Kind Age’, born in 1889), the first woman from China who got western high education diploma. When he was captured by a warlord and about to be turned over to the communists, Little Sister, aided by Big Sister, arranged for his release. Seagrave published the Soong Dynasty in 1985, and while that book is longer and has more material, Jung Chang published this in 2019, with some information that Seagrave did not have access to.Ching-ling, Red sister, was able to stay in China after the CCP came to power in 1949, she held several prominent positions in the new government, including Vice Chairman (1949–1954; 1959–1975) and Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (1954–1959; 1975–1981).

Ei-ling has the only children of the 3 sisters: two sons and a daughter, who served the family in various capacities and Louis, a paranoid TX oilman who married an American actress and produced the sole heir to the Kung-Soong wealth, now in his 70's with no children.But it makes me smile to think, I will probably always follow a good story about brave, forthright women, wherever and whenever they pull back the curtain of history and step forward. The subject of an earlier biography by Jung Chang, the Dowager Empress was in reality a far worthier person than she is generally portrayed as being. To secure his release after a dozen years, Chiang agreed to a meeting with Zhou En-lai at which the two men cut a deal “which led to the two parties forming a ‘united front’ as equal partners when the war against Japan started, within months.

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