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Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden

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Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden is a window into the lives of women in twentieth-century China, a time of traumatic change and unparalleled resilience. In this riveting and deeply personal account, linguist and East Asian scholar Zhuqing Li confronts the bitter political rivals of mainland China and Taiwan with elegance and unique insight, while celebrating her aunts' remarkable legacies.
"Beautifully woven family memories coalesce into a vivid history of two very different Chinas."
― Kirkus Reviews
Sisters separated by war forge new identities as they are forced to choose between family, nation, and their own independence.
Jun and Hong were scions of a once great southern Chinese family. Each other's best friend, they grew up in the 1930s during the final days of Old China before the tumult of the twentieth century brought political revolution, violence, and a fractured national identity. By a quirk of timing, at the end of the Chinese Civil War, Jun ended up on an island under Nationalist control, and then settled in Taiwan, married a Nationalist general, and lived among fellow exiles at odds with everything the new Communist regime stood for on the mainland. Hong found herself an ocean away on the mainland, forced to publicly disavow both her own family background and her sister's decision to abandon the party. A doctor by training, to overcome the suspicion created by her family circumstances, Hong endured two waves of "re-education" and internal exile, forced to work in some of the most desperately poor, remote areas of the country.
Ambitious, determined, and resourceful, both women faced morally fraught decisions as they forged careers and families in the midst of political and social upheaval. Jun established one of U.S.-allied Taiwan's most important trading companies. Hong became one of the most celebrated doctors in China, appearing on national media and honored for her dedication to medicine. Niece to both sisters, Li tells her aunts' story for the first time, honoring her family's history with sympathy and grace.

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Publisher: OrangeSky Audio Edition: Unabridged

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  • ISBN: 9781667071602
  • File size: 320242 KB
  • Release date: June 21, 2022
  • Duration: 11:07:10

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  • ISBN: 9781667071602
  • File size: 320289 KB
  • Release date: June 21, 2022
  • Duration: 11:14:03
  • Number of parts: 12

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Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden is a window into the lives of women in twentieth-century China, a time of traumatic change and unparalleled resilience. In this riveting and deeply personal account, linguist and East Asian scholar Zhuqing Li confronts the bitter political rivals of mainland China and Taiwan with elegance and unique insight, while celebrating her aunts' remarkable legacies.
"Beautifully woven family memories coalesce into a vivid history of two very different Chinas."
― Kirkus Reviews
Sisters separated by war forge new identities as they are forced to choose between family, nation, and their own independence.
Jun and Hong were scions of a once great southern Chinese family. Each other's best friend, they grew up in the 1930s during the final days of Old China before the tumult of the twentieth century brought political revolution, violence, and a fractured national identity. By a quirk of timing, at the end of the Chinese Civil War, Jun ended up on an island under Nationalist control, and then settled in Taiwan, married a Nationalist general, and lived among fellow exiles at odds with everything the new Communist regime stood for on the mainland. Hong found herself an ocean away on the mainland, forced to publicly disavow both her own family background and her sister's decision to abandon the party. A doctor by training, to overcome the suspicion created by her family circumstances, Hong endured two waves of "re-education" and internal exile, forced to work in some of the most desperately poor, remote areas of the country.
Ambitious, determined, and resourceful, both women faced morally fraught decisions as they forged careers and families in the midst of political and social upheaval. Jun established one of U.S.-allied Taiwan's most important trading companies. Hong became one of the most celebrated doctors in China, appearing on national media and honored for her dedication to medicine. Niece to both sisters, Li tells her aunts' story for the first time, honoring her family's history with sympathy and grace.

Expand title description text
  • Details

    Publisher:
    OrangeSky Audio
    Edition:
    Unabridged

    OverDrive Listen audiobook
    ISBN: 9781667071602
    File size: 320242 KB
    Release date: June 21, 2022
    Duration: 11:07:10

    MP3 audiobook
    ISBN: 9781667071602
    File size: 320289 KB
    Release date: June 21, 2022
    Duration: 11:14:03
    Number of parts: 12

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  • Formats
    OverDrive Listen audiobook
    MP3 audiobook
  • Languages
    English