A Woman Soldier's Own Story by Xie Bingying

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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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Published June 19, 2012 by Columbia University Press. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Without a chronology, an autobiography that reprises the high and low points of a life can make for a riveting but at times confusing story.

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Betrothed since childhood to a neighbor’s son, Xie again tried to defy her mother when the marriage was to take place.

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In this chronicle of the first 32 years of her life, gracefully translated by her daughter and son-in-law, Xie recounts her efforts to secure an education, escape from an arranged marriage, raise an infant while a single mother and, chiefly, forge political change in China as a soldier in the Nat...

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