A Woman Soldier's Own Story

A Woman Soldier's Own Story

The Autobiography of Xie Bingying

Book - 2001
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The author shares her life story, including her childhood attempts to receive an education, her experiences as a soldier, and her later accomplishments as a writer.

Columbia Univ Pr

This new translation of the autobiography of Xie Bingying (1906-2000)--an important Chinese feminist, pioneering "girl soldier," and skilled writer--provides a fascinating portrayal of a woman fighting to free herself from the constraints of ancient Chinese tradition in the context of the dramatic changes that shook China during the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Her personal struggle to define herself within the larger context of political change is a poignant testament of determination and a striking story of one woman's journey from Old China into the new world.


For the first time, a complete version of the autobiography of Xie Bingying (1906-2000) provides a fascinating portrayal of a woman fighting to free herself from the constraints of ancient Chinese tradition amid the dramatic changes that shook China during the 1920s, '30s, and '40s.

Xie's attempts to become educated, her struggles to escape from an arranged marriage, and her success in tricking her way into military school reveal her persevering and unconventional character and hint at the prominence she was later to attain as an important figure in China's political culture. Though she was tortured and imprisoned, she remained committed to her convictions. Her personal struggle to define herself within the larger context of political change in China early in the last century is a poignant testament of determination and a striking story of one woman's journey from Old China into the new world.

Book News
In 1906, Xie Bingying was born in a small village in the Hunan Province in China. In this autobiography, she describes her struggle as a child to become educated, her life as a soldier on the front lines, and her development as an educator, writer and feminist. Translator Lily Chia Brissman is Xie Bingying's daughter. The volume is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2001
ISBN: 9780231122504
0231122500
Branch Call Number: 895.1851 XIE
Characteristics: 281 p. : ill
Alternative Title: Autobiography of Xie Bingying

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