The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices

The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices

by Xinran
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The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices by Xinran

When Deng Xiaoping's efforts to "open up" China took root in the late 1980s, Xinran recognized an invaluable opportunity. As an employee for the state radio system, she had long wanted to help improve the lives of Chinese women. But when she was given clearance to host a radio call-in show, she barely anticipated the enthusiasm it would quickly generate. Operating within the constraints imposed by government censors, Words on the Night Breeze sparked a tremendous outpouring, and the hours of tape on her answering machines were soon filled every night. Whether angry or muted, posing questions or simply relating experiences, these anonymous women bore witness to decades of civil strife, and of halting attempts at self-understanding in a painfully restrictive society. In this collection, by turns heartrending and inspiring, Xinran brings us the stories that affected her most and offers a graphically detailed, altogether unprecedented work of oral history.

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ISBN-13: 9780701173456
Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Xinran was born in Beijing in 1958. In 1997 she moved to London. This is her first book.

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The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Good Women of China" details the tragic lives of many Chinese women who lived through the Communist uprising and Cultural Revolution of China. Each chapter tells a different woman's story. Many of these women were gang raped, forced to "rat on" their family, and accused of being counter-revolutionary. Some were betrayed by friends as their friends tried to secure their own place in the Revolution and the Red Guard. All of the women were forever changed, many times tragically. Although funny at times, the book showed the emotional and physical abuses endured by many Chinese women in those times. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand more of Chinese culture and history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story telling. It gives you real insight into the life of all kinds of women in China. Also, it gives you a hint at how dramatic the changes have been there over the last century.

It would make a great 'discussion' book club book. It is quite sad and touching at times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While looking for the required reading for our adoption, I ran across this book. It wasn't what I was looking for but it seemed interesting. I couldn't put it down. I went cover to cover in just over 4 days. As an American woman adopting a Chinese daughter, I think it's important to know what life was/is like for many woman throughout rural China. My heart ached for many of the women in this book. I had no idea of the treatment of women as late as the 1990's. I'd love to hear more of Xinran's stories of the women she met while working and living in China.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this collection of absolutely gripping true stories from women, predominantly from rural China, the author draws on a vast reservoir of first-hand reports and gives voices to women who usually go unheard in the public forum and unnoticed in history. Their experiences are all the more shocking because they're not intended to be--the pain, waste, sadness and sacrifice in their lives underscore the turmoil of China's recent past and volatile present. For students of China, and anyone visiting or doing business with China, as well as for avid readers of all persuasions, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK NOW--don't wait for it to come out in paperback! I had frankly decided to read no more of the 'my-family-suffered-in-China-and-I-survived' books (of which there are so many excellent ones), but when I heard Xinran in a TV interview describe how she came to write this book, I became curious. When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down except to dry my tears. I was a student in China in 1979 and I thought things were better today, but I discovered how naive that assumption is--I can't believe the injustices against women in the 80's and 90's!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an American living in China I found this book helpful in understanding them. We tend to forget what the women have endured in this lifetime. Touching, moving account of being a Chinese woman, I have great respect for them
BrianGriffith More than 1 year ago
It's amazing how public radio can allow private issues to be discussed anonymously. Xinran has tapped a vein, and the story she unleashes is huge. A hundred things considered too painful or shameful to discuss with family or neighbors come out in the open. Radio show host Xinran shares a relatively few of the most moving and thought-provoking stories. And some of them will almost certainly reduce you to tears. But through all the pain, the reader comes away with deeper respect for these women's strength. These are some of the strongest people in the world. --author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization
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lyra580 More than 1 year ago
This book helps to learn about China history, people and culture by reading simple people very sad stories. Couldnt put id down. I recommend this book together with Zachary´s Mexico ¨China Undeground¨.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
For anyone who loves to read true stories of human struggle and strength, this is your book!