Women of the Long March

Women of the Long March

by LilyXiaoHongLee (Author), SueWiles (Author)


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Wang Quanyuan fell foul of party politics and was eventually captured by enemy Moslem cavalry.Drawing published and unpublished sources, including interviews, this is the moving story of one of the great events of 20th century history.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


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: 01 Feb 1999

ISBN 10: 1864485698
ISBN 13: 9781864485691

Author Bio
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).