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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is a memoir of three generations of Chinese women from Imperial China through and beyond the Cultural Revolution. Chang's grandmother was a warlord's concubine. Her gently raised mother struggled with hardships in the early days of Mao's revolution and rose, like her husband, to a prominent position in the Communist Party before being denounced during the Cultural Revolution. Chang herself marched, worked, and breathed for Mao until doubt crept in over the excesses of his policies and purges. More... (© Amazon.com; )

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  • Discovering China: "The Middle Kingdom" by Michael Galduroz, Yuki Satou, and Alex Busetto
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    http://library.thinkquest.org/26469/ (ThinkQuest; )

  • Equality: Lives of the Minorities of Ethnic Nationalities of China
    Equality in China; Minorities and Gender Equality in China; Lesson Plan 1; Lesson Plan 2; Reflections by an American on Equality in China
    http://www.indstate.edu/chinaeduc/equality.html (China Studies, Teaching Materials for American Schools; )

Author Biography

Jung Chang was born in Yibin, 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. Jung Chang lives in London and teaches the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. (© FireAndWater.com)


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