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The Resource A mortal flower ; : China: autobiography, history

A mortal flower ; : China: autobiography, history

Label
A mortal flower ; : China: autobiography, history
Title
A mortal flower ;
Title remainder
China: autobiography, history
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It is an exceptional occasion when a gifted writer can tell from personal experience the story of a crucial period in history. When this occurs, as it does in A Moral Flower, the result is an important contribution to both history and literature. Two hearts beat on the pages of Han Suyin's autobiography. One is the heart of a young Eurasian girl growing up in Peking, beginning to earn her own living, setting forth to fulfill her determination to become a doctor, gradually emancipating herself from her family and struggling to overcome the special problems a Eurasian encounters in social and emotional relationships. The other is the great heart of China as it pounds through the tumultuous years from 1927-1938 - years that saw the rise of Chiang Kai-Shek, the split between Chiang's Kuomintang and Mao Tse-tung's followers, the great campaigns launched by the nationalist against Mao's forces, the Japanese invasions of first Manchuria and then China itself, launched while the West vacillated and the United States stood by condemning Japan's action but selling her the materials to fuel her war machine. In the course of her narrative Han Suyin draws penetrating sketches of such figures as Chiang Kai-shek, of Chen Ye and Mao Tse-tung, of Chou En-lai, Chu Teh and Madame Chiang Kai-shek, and of many other Westerners and Chinese with whom she came into contact. She tells of Mao Tse-tung's mountain fortress of Chingkangshan in South Central China to which he was driven in 1927, his followers reduced to a mere 900 men, and of how at this now legendary base, Mao adopted the methods which made the Red Army a cohesive force and ultimately brought it supremacy in Asia, It is a story told in good part from interviews with men who still remember those eventful days. Shining through these decisive events and the men responsible for them comes Han Suyin's own moving story - the story of the ostracism she was subjected she was subjected to by her Chinese classmates at Yen Ching University because of her friendships with foreigners, the story of her years studying medicine in Belgium from 1935-1938 where she witnessed the growing unrest that was to lead to a second world war, and finally of her decision in 1938 to break off her medical studies and return to China as the Japanese peril mounted. -- from dust cover
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
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1917-2012
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Han, Suyin
Dewey number
828.91203
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6015.A4674
LC item number
Z47 1966
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Authors, Chinese
  • Authors, English
  • Han, Suyin
  • Han, Suyin
  • Authors, Chinese
  • Authors, English
Label
A mortal flower ; : China: autobiography, history
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Family group, 1928 -- Tiza and Marianne in the Forbidden City -- Sun Yatsen -- Chu Teh -- Mao Tsetung -- The author (aged 12) in the Forbidden City -- Children working in a Japanese-owned mill, Shanghai, in 1936 -- Routes of the Long March -- Mao Tsetung talking to the Red Army in Yenan, 1942 -- Chou Enlai today
Control code
227747
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st American ed..
Extent
412 pages
Lccn
66020297
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)227747
Label
A mortal flower ; : China: autobiography, history
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Family group, 1928 -- Tiza and Marianne in the Forbidden City -- Sun Yatsen -- Chu Teh -- Mao Tsetung -- The author (aged 12) in the Forbidden City -- Children working in a Japanese-owned mill, Shanghai, in 1936 -- Routes of the Long March -- Mao Tsetung talking to the Red Army in Yenan, 1942 -- Chou Enlai today
Control code
227747
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st American ed..
Extent
412 pages
Lccn
66020297
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)227747

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