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early within the final century is a poignant testomony of selection and a extraordinary tale of 1 woman's trip from outdated China into the recent world.
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Extra info for A Woman Soldier's Own Story: The Autobiography of Xie Bingying
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.