Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

Jung Chang’s Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China book gave me a glimpse into the history of China and how people lived in the past century. Mao: The Unknown Story is another book by the same author I enjoyed reading. These two books got me interested more in the history and culture of China. After reading the Wild Swan book twice (once a paperback and once the Kindle), I always want to read some more books by this Chinese writer. For me, it’s easy to read and quick to get into her stories she wrote.

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This year, I have a chance to grab two more books written by author Jung Chang. This “Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China” and the “Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China”.

They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the center of power, and each of them left an indelible mark on history.

The story started from the poor childhood of Sun Yat-sen, who later became the President of the Republic of China (at least for short period of time).