Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Three Daughters of China

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The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.

An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor,” a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.
 

About Jung Chang

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JUNG CHANG was born in Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. She was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen and then worked as a peasant, a "barefoot doctor," a steelworker, and an electrician before becoming an English-language student and, later, an assistant lecturer at Sichuan University. She left China for Britain in 1978 and was subsequently awarded a scholarship by York University, where she obtained a Ph.D. in linguistics in 1982, the first person from the People's Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British university.













Author Residence: London













Author Hometown: China
 
Published June 20, 2008 by Touchstone. 562 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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An exceptional tribute to three generations of courageous and articulate Chinese women: the grandmother, born in 1909 into a still feudal society; the mother, a Communist official and then ``enemy of the people''; and the daughter, the author, raised during the reactionary Cultural Revolution, th...

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Bursting with drama, heartbreak and horror, this extraordinary family portrait mirrors China's century of turbulence. Chang's grandmother, Yu-fang, had her feet bound at age two and in 1924 was sold a

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Yu-fang escaped slavery in a brothel by fleeing her ``husband'' with her infant daughter, Bao Qin, Chang's mother-to-be.

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Entertainment Weekly

The history we wouldn't want to live through is generally the history we do want to read about — or as the old Chinese curse goes: ''May you live in interesting times.'' In this sense, no country is more interesting in our excruciatingly interesting century than China.

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Express

Designer Miriam Buether has further staggering transformations up her sleeve, including a stunning trick with wet wallpaper and another where the stage becomes a paddy field you really could harvest rice from.

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New Statesman

But playwright Alexandra Wood's adaptation focuses on the period between 1948 and 1978 – when Chairman Mao's People's Republic of China was in its prime – and the plight of the author's parents, De-Hong (Ka-Ling Cheung) and Shou-Yu (Orion Lee).

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Wild Swans Book Review Summary. Jung Chang Booklist ... Several years later, she had a daughter named Jung Chang (the author of the book). She grew up ...

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Variety

De-Hong - Ka-Ling Cheung Shou-Yu - Orion Lee Yu-Fang - Julyana Soelistyo Ting - Celeste Den Er-Hong - Katie Leung Dr. Wan, Guard 2 - Eric Chan Heng, Guard 1 - Victor Chi Jia - Jennifer Lim Team Leader Chi - Les J.N.

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Londonist

though, as Jung Chang says, this only adds to its intrigue: “[P]eople, including people working for the state censors, have sought out the book to read.” Now, Chang’s book has been adapted by Alexandra Wood to make a compelling play – the first in the World Stages London season, celebrating the c...

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