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Release Date:01 May 2014
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Daughter of Good Fortune

A Chinese Peasant Memoir

By Huiqin Chen, with Shehong Chen; Introduction by Delia Davin
University of Washington Press
There has been an effort in recent years to document the lives of rural
Chinese women during the revolutionary and reform periods, and shorter
oral histories have been gathered, but there has been no book-length
account until now. Chen Huiqin was born in near Shanghai. She helped
her family with subsistence farming in her childhood; lived through the
Japanese occupation of her hometown between 1937 and 1945; saw
victorious Communist troops march through her village in 1949;
experienced Land Reform, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural
Revolution; became a factory worker and an urban dweller in the 1980s;
traveled in retirement, including a visit to her daughter in the United
States; and returned to live on her ancestral land in 2012.
Chen Huiqin was born in 1931 in Wang Family Village,
in Jiading Country near Shanghai, and now lives on her ancestral land.
Shehong Chen is associate professor of history at the University of
Massachusetts, Lowell. She is the author of Being Chinese, Becoming
Chinese American. Delia Davin is emeritus
professor of Chinese studies at the University of Leeds. She is the
author of Woman Work: Women and the Party in Revolutionary
China.
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