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1 Burnside Asia- China Peoples Republic 1949 to Present

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Four Sisters of Hofei: A History

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Four Sisters of Hofei is an intimate encounter with Chinese history, told through the collective memory and stories of four sisters born between 1908 and 1924, and with the benefit of the extraordinary knowledge of Yale historian Annping Chin.

Now in their late eighties and early nineties, the Chang sisters lived through a century of historic change in China. In this extraordinary work, assembled with the benefit of letter, diaries, family histories, poetry, journals, and interviews, Annping Chin shapes the story of this family into a riveting chronicle that provides uncanny insight into the old China and its transition to the new.

From their father, the Chang sister inherited reason and a belief in the virtues of modern education. From their mother they learned about the human spirit and the art of finding an appropriate path. Their nurse-nannies — uneducated widows from the Hofei countryside — contributed their own traditional beliefs and opinions on modern ways. As the sisters grew up, one broke with tradition to marry an actor, one survived the most violent political years of Communist rule, one married one of China's greatest novelists, and one, raised separately by her devout Buddhist great-aunt, was taught to be a rigorous practitioner of China's classical arts.

The Chang sisters' prolific correspondence provides a rare glimpse of private life in China during the twentieth century, as well as a chronicle of the country from prosperity to persecution, from foreign wars to Cultural Revolution. In Chin's expert prose, Four Sisters of Hofei is an intensely person story that illustrates the complex history of a complex land.

Synopsis:

Not since "Wild Swans" has the history of China been so intimately encountered: Through the stories of four sisters born between 1908 and 1914, a renowned historian brings to life a century of Chinese culture. 8 photos throughout.

About the Author

Annping Chin was born in Taiwan in 1950 and received her Ph.D. in Chinese Thought from Columbia. She is the author of Children of China: Voices from Recent Years and coauthor Jonathan Spence, her husband, of The Chinese Century: A Photographic History of the Last Hundred Years. She currently teaches in the history department at Yale.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

The Chang Family

Prologue

Chapter 1: The Wedding

Chapter 2: Birth

Chapter 3: Reasons for Moving

Chapter 4: The Hofei Spirit

Chapter 5: Grandmother

Chapter 6: Mother

Chapter 7: Father

Chapter 8: The School

Chapter 9: Nurse-Nannies

Chapter 10: Yuan-ho

Chapter 11: Yun-ho

Chapter 12: Chao-ho

Chapter 13: Ch'ung-ho

A Note on Sources

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684873770
Subtitle:
A History
Author:
Chin, Annping
Author:
Chin, Ann Ping
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Women
Subject:
China
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
General History
Series Volume:
39
Publication Date:
20021022
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.40x6.50x1.08 in. 1.29 lbs.

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