Ping-Nan Yang was born in China in 1908. A gifted young scholar, he became a teacher at age 16. Later, he served in the Chinese army and as a county executive. He wrote this memoir in Chinese during his later years in Taiwan. This story was translated into English by his son, Paul J.C. Yang and daughter-in-law, Dori Jones Yang.
Cocoons of Silk: A True Romance from 1930s Chinaby Ping-Nan Yang
But when the old
In the 1930s, in a small town in eastern China, a young man faces a dilemma. Ever since the Emperor fell, social values have been changing. Modern young people are rebelling against the dictates of their parents and their ancestors. To him, the most compelling, revolutionary idea is this: Marriage could, and should, be about mutual attraction.
But when the old rules are gone, how do you decide what is right and what is wrong? Can a man fall in love with two women at once? A romantic at heart, he knew better than that. Or did he?
These pages contain a gripping but true story. Names have not been changed to protect the innocent, or the guilty. This tale involves young love, romance, blackmail, betrayal, a huge risk, a chase, regret, second chances, and consequences.
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