American Goddess at the Rape of Nanking: The Courage of Minnie Vautrin

American Goddess at the Rape of Nanking: The Courage of Minnie Vautrin

by Hua-ling Hu, Paul Simon

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ISBN-13: 9780809390359
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2000
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Hua-ling Hu has taught Chinese language and literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received a doctorate in history, and modern Chinese history at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.  She served as an editor of the Journal of Studies of Japanese Aggression Against China for six years.  Her publications include three books and over eighty short stories, essays, and historical papers.  In 1998 she received the prestigious Chinese Literary and Arts Medal of Honor in Biography in Taiwan for the Chinese language edition of her biography of Minnie Vautrin.

Table of Contents

Cover Title Page Copyright Dedication Contents List of Plates Foreword Preface Acknowledgments 1. From Secor, Illinois, to Hofei, China 2. Administrating Ginling College 3. In China's Chaotic Years 4. The Year of 1937 and the Barbaric Rape of Nanking Gallery of Images 5. The Living Goddess in the Tragic and Dark Days 6. The Last Days of Her Life Epilogue: Gin Ling Yung Shen (Ginling Forever) Notes Selected Bibliography Index About the Author Back Cover

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American Goddess at the Rape of Nanking: The Courage of Minnie Vautrin 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
autumnesf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you have any interest in the Rape of Nanking, you will like this book. I read The Rape of Nanking so was already familiar with the fact that there was an American woman that had a refugee camp where she saved thousands of women from rape by the Japanese soldiers. This is her story. A brutal subject with a tragic end, but a very good read. Although the subject is hard, the writer makes it easy to read. This is a book I will keep.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Hu's book brings light and perspective to an area that has long been shrouded in secrecy and the all-too-human desire to somehow deny that such brutality exists. Through Hu's scholarly use of the diaries and letters of Vautrin and others who helped to establish the International Safety Zone (within which Ginling College existed), we now are able to gain a better understanding of the times and circumstances. How is it that Vautrin somehow managed to keep the college open while struggling to provide food, shelter, and security for 10,000 women and children daily? How is it that Vautrin could manage to administer the college at the same time that she was making every effort to assure the lives and future of so many people -- even at her own peril? Here is one truly remarkable woman! The circumstances of her eventual suicide, when weighed against the remarkable results she achieved, are even more ironic -- and deeply moving!