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Big Sister Little Sister Red Sister Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth Century China

Ed Sister is a gripping story of love war intrigue bravery glamour and betrayal which takes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York from exiles' uarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth century Chi This book ended out on my list due to a challenge from a friend to read something way out of my comfort zone I know very little about China or its history and was invited into this wing of the library because there were three women who were important and relevant as to how China shaped into the nation it has todayThree daughters of Charlie Soong are introduced and their lives and impacts on society skillfully unfolded for a neophyte reader on this topic Author Jung Chang does a clear and compelling job at showing how their parents and their childhood in various places informed life choices while keeping the threads of family bonds in place no matter how far they traveled Not that they were non contentiou

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They were the most famous sisters in China As the country battled through a hundred years of wars revolutions and seismic transformations the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the center of power and each of them left an indelible mark on historyRed Sister Ching ling married the 'Father of China' Sun Yat sen and rose to be Mao's vice chairLittle Sister May ling became Madame Chiang Kai shek first lady of pre Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in he Big Sister Little Sister Red Sister Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth Century China by Jung Chang was a sweeping and gripping account of the Soong family of Shanghai not only of these three sisters that played a large part in the shaping of the history of China in the twentieth century but it also tells about their three brothers each making history in their own right as part of the inner circle of the Chiang Kai shek regime This is a magnificent biography of the three Soong sisters Ei ling Ching ling and May ling Each of the girls were sent as young children to be educated in the United States Ei Ling known as Big Sister married HH Kung a business man and ultimately became the wealthiest woman in Ch

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R own rightBig Sister Ei ling became Chiang's unofficial main adviser and made herself one of China's richest womenAll three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory but also endured constant mortal danger They showed great courage and experienced passionate love as well as despair and heartbreak They remained close emotionally even when they embraced opposing political camps and Ching ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' worlds Big Sister Little Sister R 20th century Chinese history as viewed through three sisters who each married major figures and at times played a role themselves in that history There is a saying dating from the Maoist era that one sister loved money one loved power and one loved her country although Chang at least attempts to add some nuance and perspective She relies on memoirs and biographical sources for this Mostly I get the impression that this book is mainly notes some interesting tangents are not discussed at all and other lines of discussion are ignored some events are just strung together I almost get the feeling that Chang might have been able to write a much longer book but never had the time or resources to


10 thoughts on “Big Sister Little Sister Red Sister Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth Century China

  1. says:

    Big Sister Little Sister Red Sister is the biography of the amazing Soong sisters who together made a huge impact on historyThe three sisters became a modern Chinese fairytale They were much talked about and fanciful gossip about t

  2. says:

    Big Sister Little Sister Red Sister Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth Century China by Jung Chang was a sweeping and gripping account of the Soong family of Shanghai not only of these three sisters that played

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    This is an epic undertaking by an excellent writer and historian Jung Chang brings the early twentieth century to life as she explores the world of Sun Yat sen and Chiang Kai Shek She shows their progress towards revolution seen through the lives of the family who knew them  Taking the three sisters as the focal point is a clever way of exploring the twists and turns of Chinese society and politics as it moves from a monarchy through to c

  4. says:

    An absolutely fascinating tale of three sisters at the heart of the events in China last century A well written interesting read that mixes historical facts with personal lives

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    20th century Chinese history as viewed through three sisters who each married major figures and at times played a

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    This is an ambitious undertaking pruning the eventful lives of these 3 women to fit into one book Jung Chang takes this on and covers all the highlights The book is easily readable The presentation is neutral to positive The sisters's loyalty to one another is stressed In each of the marriages the Soong sister appears to be the b

  7. says:

    this book has indeed educated me on the history of China and introduced me to the historical figures behind the founding of CCP and the Nationalist Party It was a great reading experience in terms of gaining insights on the political stances of these founding members and especially the Soong sistersThe writing style helps readers who are not used to reading biographies understand the context of the book easily

  8. says:

    This book ended out on my list due to a challenge from a friend to read something way out of my comfort zone I

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    Published by Random House UK Vintage PublishingJonathan CapePub Date 17 October 2019 Reviewed 20 October 2019 The official descriptionThey were the most famous sisters in China As the country battled through a hundred years of wars re

  10. says:

    As a person who loves China and is fascinated by Chinese history I was captivated by this book I had already learned a great deal from Jung Chang's book Empress Dowager Cixi The Concubine Who Launched Modern China I appreciate how Jung Chang has brought to light the lives of important Chinese women Before she wrote this book Jung Chang had wanted to write about Sun Yat sen who has been called the Father of Mod

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