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Jumping through Hoops
Autobiographical Stories by Modern Chinese Women Writers
Jing M. Wang   Shirley Chang  

$23.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2002
ISBN: 9789622095830    

144 Pages

Canadian rights only
Distributed for Hong Kong University Press


About the Book

Jumping through Hoops translates a diverse collection of stories about the experiences of Chinese women during World War II. Contemporaneous with Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl, and originally published in 1945 as part of Xie Bingying's classic anthology Nu zuojia zizhuan xuanji (Selected autobiographical writings by women writers), these nine extraordinary narratives effectively bridge the gap between Chinese women's life-story writings in English from earlier periods and those from the post-Mao era.

About the Author(s)

Jing M. Wang is assistant professor of Chinese literature and language at Colgate University.

Table of Contents

About the Translators
How I Left My Mother - An E
Jumping Through Hoops - Bai Wei
Imprints of Life - Chu Wenjuan
A Journey of Twenty-Seven Years - Lin Beili
A Brief Autobiography - Peng Hui
Midpoint of an Ordinary Life - Xie Bingying
My Autobiography - Ye Zhongyin
Can This Also Be Called an Autobiography? - Zhao Qingge
Self-Criticism and Self-Encouragement: A Short Autobiography of a Journalist - Zi Gang


"Informative and fascinating. A 'must read' for anyone interested in China . . . "
-- Adeline Yen Mah, author of Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

"Anyone interested globally in autobiography would do themselves an immense service by reading these texts. For the Western reader . . . reading these remarkable stories will be like stumbling on an undiscovered country. These stories serve as a valuable and enormously entertaining lesson in cultural and political history. The opening pages of Bai Wei's 'Jumping Through Hoops', are as powerful as anything I have read in autobiography . . ."
-- Dr. Patrick Riley, Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures, Colgate College

"This collection represents an invaluable source as to how women thought and lived their lives during the Resistance War. Their voice not only needs to be heard by the Chinese people but also by Western audiences who are interested in both Chinese culture and women's lives during that period."
-- Dr. Yanfang Tang, Associate Professor of Chinese, College of William and Mary

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

Asian Studies
Gender Studies
Women's Studies

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