Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters / Edition 1

Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters / Edition 1

by Sasha Su-Ling Welland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742553140

ISBN-13: 9780742553149

Pub. Date: 10/28/2007

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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A Thousand Miles of Dreams is an evocative and intimate biography of two Chinese sisters who took very different paths in their quests to be independent women. Ling Shuhao arrived in Cleveland in 1925 to study medicine in the middle of a U.S. crackdown on Chinese immigrant communities, and her effort to

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*For the bibliography mentioned in the book, click here.

A Thousand Miles of Dreams is an evocative and intimate biography of two Chinese sisters who took very different paths in their quests to be independent women. Ling Shuhao arrived in Cleveland in 1925 to study medicine in the middle of a U.S. crackdown on Chinese immigrant communities, and her effort to assimilate began. She became an American named Amy, while her sister Ling Shuhua burst onto the Beijing literary scene as a writer of short fiction. Shuhua's tumultuous affair with Virginia Woolf's nephew during his years in China eventually drew her into the orbit of the Bloomsbury group. The sisters were Chinese "modern girls" who sought to forge their own way in an era of social revolution that unsettled relations between men and women and among nations. Daughters of an imperial scholar-official and a concubine, they followed trajectories unimaginable to their parents' generation.

Biographer Sasha Su-Ling Welland stumbled across their remarkable stories while recording her grandmother's oral history. She discovered the secret Amy had jealously hidden from family in the United States—her sister's fame as a Chinese woman writer—as well as intriguing discrepancies between the sisters' versions of the past. Shaped by the social history of their day, the journeys of these extraordinary women spanned the twentieth century and three continents in a saga of East-West cultural exchange and personal struggle.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742553149
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Series:
Asian Voices Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Departure
Part I: Moving House
Chapter 1: Origins
Chapter 2: Ambition
Chapter 3: Disappointment
Chapter 4: Courtyards
Chapter 5: Mountains and Walls
Part II: Casting Off
Chapter 6: Lessons
Chapter 7: Mist
Chapter 8: Amid Ghosts
Chapter 9: In the Streets
Chapter 10: Romance
Chapter 11: Gatherings
Chapter 12: Modern Medicine
Chapter 13: Crescent Moon
Part III: Seeking a Mooring
Chapter 14: Arrival
Chapter 15: Adrift
Chapter 16: Souvenirs
Chapter 17: The Entangling Net
Chapter 18: Rice Porridge
Chapter 19: War Letters
Chapter 20: An American Home
Chapter 21: Wandering
Chapter 22: The Chinese House
Epilogue: Return

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