Hannah Pakula presents a confident appraisal of Soong Mei-ling: China’s ‘last empress’ – a competent political tactician, devout Christian and fairly incredible person.
‘ Materialism may sometimes be a vulgar way of looking at art, but it is never inappropriate when seeking to understand art’s political and social context.’
For any enthusiast of modern Chinese history, this is an essential text detailing one of the key narratives of early Communist Party History. For everyone else, this book contains an approachable history of the powerful life-stories of some truly remarkable women.
Don’t be intimidated by this text. Just because the authors Frederich Engels and Karl Marx unleashed 150 years of political turmoil with it’s publication doesn’t mean that you should be intimidated. Ok, maybe just a little.
Title: The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China Author/Year: David Eimer, 2014 Found: On the Rowden White Library ‘new items’ table Read time: A month between SWOTVAC, exams and essays … Continue reading
Jan Wong was once a fervent Maoist. During the 1970s she travelled from her homeland of Canada to live and learn the Mao way of life. A decade later she had … Continue reading
It’s unlikely you’ve ever read this if your’e 1) not Chinese 2) have not studied Chinese. There aren’t many English translations; I struggled through this Chinese Language class version. No, … Continue reading
Iona is a Scottish translator of Chinese who does mostly dry, corporate work and has a very dry, corporate approach to her love life. She is presented one day with a pile … Continue reading