The Good Women Of China

The Good Women Of China: Hidden Voices

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 05/06/2003
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For eight groundbreaking years, Xinran presented a radio programme in China during which she invited women to call in and talk about themselves. Broadcast every evening, Words on the Night Breeze became famous through the country for its unflinching portrayal of what it meant to be a woman in modern China. Centuries of obedience to their fathers, husbands and sons, followed by years of political turmoil had made women terrified of talking openly about their feelings. Xinran won their trust and, through her compassion and ability to listen, became the first woman to hear their true stories.

This unforgettable book is the story of how Xinran negotiated the minefield of restrictions imposed on Chinese journalists to reach out to women across the country. Through the vivid intimacy of her writing, the women's voices confide in the reader, sharing their deepest secrets for the first time. Their stories changed Xinran's understanding of China forever. Her book will reveal the lives of Chinese women to the West as never before.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099440789
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 172g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 15 mm

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'The children's bedroom on the other side of the house suddenly appeared before me, like a stage set...The scene before me suddenly dropped away like a cur... READ MORE
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Wonderful writing
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Hope For The Future.
In an effort to help Chinese women, Xinran a Chinese journalist, hosts a radio call in show between 1989 and 1997, which concentrates on feminist issues. S... READ MORE
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A Powerful Read
A powerful collection of stories to remind us all how differently things can be between generations and informative to those of us too young to know or fro... READ MORE