Jung Chang
Jung Chang by © Ben Gold
Thu. 13.02.2020 20:00 - 23:00

Jung Chang

Boekpresentatie ‘Dochters van China’
Thu 13.02. 2020
20:00 - 23:00
  • Thu 13.02. 2020
    20:00 - 23:00
    Ceremoniezaal Aula UGent (Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Gent)

Three women at the heart of twentieth-century china

‘Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister’ by the world-renowned Chinese author Jung Chang (‘Wild Swans’! ‘Empress Dowager Cixi’!) is an epic, three-part biography. The book tells the story of the three remarkable women who shaped the history of China in the twentieth century. Don’t miss this Belgian visit by one of the biggest-selling authors in the world!

Little sister Soong Mei-ling would come to be  known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of pre-communist nationalistic China and herself a highly active political figure. Big sister Ei-ling was Chiang’s unofficial top advisor. She made sure that she would become one of the richest women in China, and her husband the leader under Chiang. Red sister Ching-ling married Sun Tar-sen, leader of the Chinese Republic and later Mao’s right hand. The three sisters lived in luxury and were extremely privileged, but often found themselves in grave danger. Their relationship with each other was emotionally charged, especially after they chose to champion politically opposed parties and Ching-ling devoted her life to communism. With this she destroyed the world of her two sisters.

Writer Jung Chang was born in China in 1952. At the age of 14 she became a Red Guard for a short period. She worked variously as rural barefoot doctor, a steelworker and electrician before going on to study and eventually teach English at the University of Sichuan. In 1978 she left China for England. She received a scholarship from the University of York and graduated in 1982 with a degree in Linguistics. She was the first person from the People’s Republic of China to attain a PhD from an English university. Her debut, ‘Wild Swans’, is still banned in China to this day. She also wrote ‘Empress Dowager Cixi’, the story of the woman who reigned over China for almost fifty years. Chang’s 2005 biography ‘Mao: The Untold Story’ is another of her works on China’s list of forbidden books.

"A remarkable story of war, communism and espionage related with nuanced sympathy."

The Guardian
Jung Chang

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Thu 13.02 - 20:00 Ceremoniezaal Aula UGent (Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Ghent)
literature / book presentation
In English


An organisation by China Platform UGent, uitgeverij Lannoo, Made in China & Kunstencentrum Vooruit



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