The Good Women of China

by Xinran | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0099440784 Global Overview for this book
Registered by -Xerxes- on 12/17/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by -Xerxes- on Sunday, December 17, 2023
When Deng Xiaoping s efforts to open up China took root in the late 1980s, Xinran recognized an invaluable opportunity. As an employee for the state radio system, she had long wanted to help improve the lives of Chinese women. But when she was given clearance to host a radio call-in show, she barely anticipated the enthusiasm it would quickly generate. Operating within the constraints imposed by government censors, Words on the Night Breeze sparked a tremendous outpouring, and the hours of tape on her answering machines were soon filled every night. Whether angry or muted, posing questions or simply relating experiences, these anonymous women bore witness to decades of civil strife, and of halting attempts at self-understanding in a painfully restrictive society. In this collection, by turns heartrending and inspiring, Xinran brings us the stories that affected her most, and offers a graphically detailed, altogether unprecedented work of oral history."

Journal Entry 2 by -Xerxes- at Port Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Saturday, February 3, 2024

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I first read this book many years ago. The author Xinran has a very interesting life story, and has collated a number of stories from women of her era, who suffered through the consequences of Maoist communism. In many ways her women’s stories are reflective of all women’s suffering at the hands of power imbalances, poverty and patriarchy. But there are some distinctively Chinese cultural elements that will resonate with anyone of Chinese descent.

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