The Good Women of China

The Good Women of China

Hidden Voices

Book - 2002
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Random House, Inc.
An unprecedented, intimate account of the lives of modern Chinese women, told by the women themselves -- true stories of the political and personal upheavals they have endured in their chaotic and repressive society

For eight groundbreaking years, Xinran hosted a radio program in China during which she invited women to call in and talk about themselves. Broadcast every evening, Words on the Night Breeze became famous throughout the country for its unflinching portrayal of what it meant to be a woman in modern China. Centuries of obedience to their fathers, husbands and sons, followed by years of fear under Communism, had made women terrified of talking openly about their feelings. Xinran won their trust and, through her compassion and ability to listen, became the first woman to hear their true stories.

This unforgettable book is the story of how Xinran negotiated the minefield of restrictions imposed on Chinese journalists to reach out to women across the country. Through the vivid intimacy of her writing, these women confide in the reader, sharing their deepest secrets. Whether they are the privileged wives of party leaders or peasants in a forgotten corner of the countryside, they tell of almost inconceivable suffering: forced marriages, sexual abuse, separation of parents from their children, extreme poverty. But they also talk about love -- about how, despite cruelty, despite politics, the urge to nurture and cherish remains. Their stories changed Xinran’s understanding of China forever. Her book will reveal the lives of Chinese women to the West as never before.

Baker & Taylor
Drawing on personal interviews with, anecdotes by, and experiences of modern Chinese women at all levels of society, this fascinating study looks at what it means to be a woman in today's China and the political, social, cultural, and personal upheavals they have endured in a complex and repressive society. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2002]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780375422010
0375422013
Branch Call Number: 305.4095 XINRA
Characteristics: xii, 243 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Tyldesley, Esther

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Binh_An
Apr 29, 2017

I read this book at the first time in my language,vietnamese.Fortunately,I found it again in English.It is hard to say,I read the book continously and couldn't stop! And i cried again... you have to read it..

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