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Return to the Middle Kingdom: One Family, Three Revolutionaries, and the Birth of Modern China By Yuan-tsung Chen,

  • Title: Return to the Middle Kingdom: One Family, Three Revolutionaries, and the Birth of Modern China
  • Author: Yuan-tsung Chen
  • ISBN: 9781402756979
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the spirit of the classic Wild Swans comes this epic tale spanning three generations and three separate revolutions Mixing biography and history into a single ambitious story, Yuan Tsung Chen views China s rebirth in modern times from the perspective of her late husband s family Ah Chen, a landless peasant, fought in the Taiping Rebellion against the Manchu court in 1In the spirit of the classic Wild Swans comes this epic tale spanning three generations and three separate revolutions Mixing biography and history into a single ambitious story, Yuan Tsung Chen views China s rebirth in modern times from the perspective of her late husband s family Ah Chen, a landless peasant, fought in the Taiping Rebellion against the Manchu court in 1850 64 But when Western powers helped crush the uprising, Chen was forced to flee to Trinidad as an indentured servant Decades later, his son Eugene rose from poverty to become Trinidad s first Chinese lawyer before moving to London, where he met Sun Yat sen and became his close aide Inspired by Sun, Eugene returned to China and led the 1911 revolution that overthrew its last dynasty.Finally, Eugene s son Jack the author s late husband used his artistic and journalistic talents to illustrate and explain the Chinese Marxist Revolution to the outside world When Jack whose first language was not Chinese was seized by the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution, his wife Yuan tsung was forced to serve as his translator during interrogations Ordered to write a confession Go back three generations to see what crimes your family has committed against the revolution Jack and Yuan tsung began to piece together the family s dramatic history This remarkable story, spanning a turbulent century and a half, is the compelling result.
    Return to the Middle Kingdom One Family Three Revolutionaries and the Birth of Modern China In the spirit of the classic Wild Swans comes this epic tale spanning three generations and three separate revolutions Mixing biography and history into a single ambitious story Yuan Tsung Chen views

    One thought on “Return to the Middle Kingdom: One Family, Three Revolutionaries, and the Birth of Modern China”

    1. Interesting particularly since my last name is Chan and my father was born and raised in Trinadad possible connection Of coarse this of no interest to anyone other than myself Besides that this is a interesting bit of the history of China and its struggles between the communists and the Kuomintang not to mention the Western powers,and Japan

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