A Woman Soldier's Own Story: The Autobiography of Xie Bingying

Kobo ebook | June 19, 2012

byBingying Xie, Barry Brissman

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For the first time, a complete version of the autobiography of Xie Bingying (1906-2000) provides a fascinating portrayal of a woman fighting to free herself from the constraints of ancient Chinese tradition amid the dramatic changes that shook China during the 1920s, '30s, and '40s.

Xie's attempts to become educated, her struggles to escape from an arranged marriage, and her success in tricking her way into military school reveal her persevering and unconventional character and hint at the prominence she was later to attain as an important figure in China's political culture. Though she was tortured and imprisoned, she remained committed to her convictions. Her personal struggle to define herself within the larger context of political change in China early in the last century is a poignant testament of determination and a striking story of one woman's journey from Old China into the new world.

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For the first time, a complete version of the autobiography of Xie Bingying (1906-2000) provides a fascinating portrayal of a woman fighting to free herself from the constraints of ancient Chinese tradition amid the dramatic changes that shook China during the 1920s, '30s, and '40s.Xie's attempts to become educated, her struggles to es...

Lily Chia Brissman is Xie Bingying's daughter and an artist/instructor of piano at the Wausau Conservatory of Music. Barry Brissman is a novelist. The Brissmans worked with Xie Bingying to translate and edit this work.
Format:Kobo ebookPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231502745

ISBN - 13:9780231502740

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Table of Contents

Main Events in Xie Bingying's Life
Volume One
Childhood
School
War
Prison
Farewell, Changsha
Volume Two
Shanghai Days
Beijing
Japanese Attack
A Traveling Life
Days of War

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Xie's decades of political engagement [were]... full of social and personal experiments, of individual stories worked out in the interstices of big and visible events, of people negotiating daily life without knowing how the political story would end. Xie's autobiography is a precious glimpse into that vanished world of revolutionary uncertainty. At a time when Chinese women were trying to find new modes of identity, it was Xie Bingying who pioneered the literary construction of a soldier image for women... and thereby influenced this kind of literature in China for decades.