A Woman Soldier's Own Story: The Autobiography of Xie by Bingying Xie

By Bingying Xie

For the 1st time, a whole model of the autobiography of Xie Bingying (1906-2000) presents a desirable portrayal of a lady scuffling with to unfastened herself from the limitations of historic chinese language culture amid the dramatic adjustments that shook China in the course of the Twenties, '30s, and '40s.

Xie's makes an attempt to turn into proficient, her struggles to flee from an prepared marriage, and her good fortune in tricking her method into army college demonstrate her persevering and unconventional personality and trace on the prominence she was once later to achieve as an incredible determine in China's political tradition. notwithstanding she was once tortured and imprisoned, she remained devoted to her convictions. Her own fight to outline herself in the greater context of political switch in China early within the final century is a poignant testomony of selection and a extraordinary tale of 1 woman's trip from outdated China into the recent world.

Show description

Read Online or Download A Woman Soldier's Own Story: The Autobiography of Xie Bingying PDF

Similar asian books

Romance, Family, and Nation in Japanese Colonial Literature

Romance, kinfolk, and country in eastern Colonial Literature explores how jap writers in Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan used narratives of romantic and familial love in an effort to traverse the damaging currents of empire. concentrating on the interval among 1937 and 1945, this learn discusses how literary renderings of interethnic kinfolk replicate the varied ways in which Japan’s imperial growth was once imagined: as an unrequited romance, a reunion of long-separated households, an oppressive pastime, and a utopian collaboration.

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.)

A brand new York instances remarkable publication Winner of the Kiriyama publication Prize within the middle of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the distant city of Fuling. Like many different small towns during this ever-evolving kingdom, Fuling is heading down a brand new course of switch and progress, which got here into remarkably sharp concentration whilst Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the 1st time in additional than part a century that town had an American resident.

Harmony and development : ASEAN-China relations

Relatives with China as a Key to the Region's balance and Prosperity (K Y Gan); extra improving ASEAN-China kinfolk (K Y Ong); China's Evolving family with Southeast Asia: family and Strategic components (H Lai); China's peaceable upward thrust and Its Implications to ASEAN (Y Wang); Bilateral relatives among China and Myanmar (K O Aung); China's fiscal development and Its impression at the ASEAN Economies (J Lu); Sino-Singapore's funding family members (H Zhao); Singapore's kinfolk with China (S S Teng); China-ASEAN monetary family: growth and customers (S Liao); Philippines-China family members: "Golden Age of Partnership" (E Palanca); and different papers

Asian Highlands Perspectives, Volume 9: A Ngawa Tibetan Nomad Childhood

"I was once born in a pastoral family members within the autumn of 1986, in Rongrima Village, Hongyuan County, Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang self sustaining Prefecture, Sichuan Province, PR China. whilst i used to be a baby, my kin lived in a 'four-column' wooden condo made utilizing 4 poles positioned in an oblong configuration within the middle of the house.

Extra info for A Woman Soldier's Own Story: The Autobiography of Xie Bingying

Example text

As for Mother? She was a woman of great courage and character, afraid of neither heaven nor earth. Her own mother had had no sons, just three daughters. Mother was the oldest of the three, so family matters fell entirely under her sway. At sixteen she married my father and quickly became famous in Xietuoshan as someone exceedingly clever. She was endowed with a talent for managing things and was brimming with notions about how a proper wife and a proper woman should behave. She believed absolutely in the notion that a female should be humble and should respect the male.

This only increased my determination to kill myself. If a mother is supposed to love her children more than anything, then why wouldn’t she agree to my request when I was but a step from death? I began to doubt Mother’s love. On the third day Mother agreed to my demand. Perhaps she saw that I was obstinate and there was no alternative. But she said two years must pass before she would send me to school. During those two years she would test my temper. If it changed for the better, she would go along with my request—otherwise, she would move my marriage date ahead.

Sometimes the stream was moving so fast we couldn’t catch anything, and then the boys discussed stealing fish from the fields. Raising fish in fields was a secondary farming business, and stealing a few little carp was no problem as long as you did not encounter anyone. But my goal was shrimps and crabs, not fish—and, anyway, I definitely did not want to be a little thief. I liked snails too. When I picked up snails, my legs often were bitten by leeches and began to bleed, all my clothes got wet, and my face got all muddy.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.28 of 5 – based on 48 votes