Good Women of China Hidden Voices

ISBN-10: 1400030803

ISBN-13: 9781400030804

Edition: 2002

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When Deng Xiaoping’s efforts to “open up” China took root in the late 1980s, Xinran recognized an invaluable opportunity. As an employee for the state radio system, she had long wanted to help improve the lives of Chinese women. But when she was given clearance to host a radio call-in show, she barely anticipated the enthusiasm it would quickly generate. Operating within the constraints imposed by government censors, “Words on the Night Breeze” sparked a tremendous outpouring, and the hours of tape on her answering machines were soon filled every night. Whether angry or muted, posing questions or simply relating experiences, these anonymous women bore witness to decades of civil strife, and of halting attempts at self-understanding in a painfully restrictive society. In this collection, by turns heartrending and inspiring, Xinran brings us the stories that affected her most, and offers a graphically detailed, altogether unprecedented work of oral history.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Xinran was born in Beijing in 1958 and was a successful journalist and radio presenter in China. In 1997 she moved to London, where she began work on her seminal book about Chinese women�s lives, The Good Women of China. Since then she has written a regular column for the Guardian, appeared frequently on radio and TV and published the acclaimed Sky Burial and a book of her Guardian columns called What the Chinese Don't Eat. She lives in London but travels regularly to China. She is working on a major oral history of China, China Witness, to be published in 2008. Her charity, The Mothers' Bridge of Love (www.motherbridge.org), was founded to help disadvantaged Chinese children and to build a bridge of understanding between the West and China.

Prologue
My Journey Towards the Stories of Chinese Women
The Girl Who Kept a Fly as a Pet
The University Student
The Scavenger Woman
The Mothers Who Endured an Earthquake
What Chinese Women Believe
The Woman Who Loved Women
The Woman Whose Marriage Was Arranged by the Revolution
My Mother
The Woman Who Waited Forty-five Years
The Guomindang General's Daughter
The Childhood I Cannot Leave Behind Me
The Woman Whose Father Does Not Know Her
A Fashionable Woman
The Women of Shouting Hill
Epilogue
Acknowledgements
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