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Second Daughter: Growing Up In China, 1930-1949.

Wei, Katherine & Quinn, Terry.

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ISBN 10: 0030056284 / ISBN 13: 9780030056284
Published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, 1985
Condition: Good Soft cover
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243 pages. Softcover. Good condition. AUTOBIOGRAPHY. The house where Katherine Wei spent her earliest years was distinguished for its wealth and culture - and her mother's passion for all things American. But soon, the Japanese invasion changed life irrevocably for Katherine, her parents, and three sisters. From cosmopolitan Peking, where Katherine's father was a university professor, they fled to the feudal remoteness of the ancestral home in Hunan and the ancient ways of Katherine's opium-smoking grandfather and his three concubines; then to the misery of war-torn Chungking. When the family sought to recapture its former life in postwar Shanghai, the sternest test lay ahead - the frenzied days of the Communist takeover. In 1949 Katherine Wei left China for America, and she was not to see her family again for 32 years. Her book brings back worlds that have disappeared forever, but, however exotic the settings, it tells a universal story - of a precocious child, a domineering mother, a painful growing up, an ultimate coming to terms with the past. It has all the narrative power of a novel, yet encompasses a uniquely fascinating real-life experience. "A book of great strength, beauty and truth." - Han Suyin. (Key Words: Katherine Wei, China, Terry Quiinn, Autobiography, Chinese Communists, Hankow, Peking, Hunan, Chunking, Shanghai, Chinese Americans, Biography, Beijing). Bookseller Inventory # 66864X1

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Title: Second Daughter: Growing Up In China, 1930-...

Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Owl Book Edition..

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The house where Katherine Wei spent her earliest years was distinguished for its wealth and culture - and her mother's passion for all things American. But soon, the Japanese invasion changed life irrevocably for Katherine, her parents, and three sisters. From cosmopolitan Peking, where Katherine's father was a university professor, they fled to the feudal remoteness of the ancestral home in Hunan and the ancient ways of Katherine's opium-smoking grandfather and his three concubines; then to the misery of war-torn Chungking. When the family sought to recapture its former life in postwar Shanghai, the sternest test lay ahead - the frenzied days of the Communist takeover. In 1949 Katherine Wei left China for America, and she was not to see her family again for 32 years. Her book brings back worlds that have disappeared forever, but, however exotic the settings, it tells a universal story - of a precocious child, a domineering mother, a painful growing up, an ultimate coming to terms with the past. It has all the narrative power of a novel, yet encompasses a uniquely fascinating real-life experience.

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