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Women of the Long March By Lily Xiao Hong Lee

Women of the Long March by Lily Xiao Hong Lee

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The Long March of 1934-5 is the central event of modern Chinese history. This is the story of the women of the march through the eyes of three individuals. While 30 women walked with the elite leaders, there was a women's army of 3000 soldiers. The text follows the experiences of two of the elite.

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Women of the Long March by Lily Xiao Hong Lee

Just seventeen when they became lovers, Mao's second wife, He Zizhen was condemned to a life of loneliness after he tired of her. A strong young peasant who only wanted to be a soldier, Kang Keqing was called the Girl Commander. Married at seventeen to a man she didn't know, the illiterate peasant girl, Wang Quanyuan left him to fight alongside the Red rebels.This is the story, never before told in English, of these women, three of the thirty women who marched out of southern China with 85,000 soldiers of the Red Army on their famous Long March. He Zizhen and several other women gave birth along the way only to be forced to leave their babies behind; Kang Keqing endured the same hardships as the men, shouldered arms and fought alongside her male comrades; Wang Quanyuan fell foul of party politics and was eventually captured by enemy Moslem cavalry.Drawing published and unpublished sources, including interviews, this is the moving story of one of the great events of 20th century history. From the time of their early revolutionary fervour when they harboured the same ideals, to the ordeal of the Long March, and the very different reality they faced after the success of Communism, this book tells of the journey of the women who defied tradition to fight for their own liberation and the liberation of China.'.realism without rhetoric, politics without propaganda, heroism without hyperbole, and sadness without sentimentality.' Alison Broinowski'A fine and moving tribute to the daughters of China's revolution, who endured the appalling deprivations of the legendary Long March. The authors have given the devotion, sacrifice, suffering and subsequent disillusionment of these women their rightful place in the history of modern China.' Yvonne Preston, former China correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

About Lily Xiao Hong Lee

Lily Lee was born in China, has studied in Singapore, the US and Australia and now teaches Chinese language and literature at the University of Sydney. She is the author of The Virtue of Yin: Studies on Chinese women (Wild Peony, 1994). Sue Wiles is a translator, proofreader and desktop publisher. She is the translator (as Sue Mackie) of T'ai Chi, two Chinese books on t'aijiquan (David Ell, 1981).

Table of Contents

Map of the Long March (1934-36)Part 1 The Long MarchPrologue1 The girl commander2 Lover, mother, wife3 Not quite realPart 2 The Battle for ChinaPrologue4 The Red Amazon5 Communication breakdown6 Outside looking inPart 3 After victory - what?Prologue7 About turn8 Untouchable9 Never say dieThe Thirty WomenReferencesIndex

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Women of the Long March by Lily Xiao Hong Lee
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