Echoes of Chongqing

Echoes of Chongqing : Women in Wartime China

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This collection of annotated oral histories records the personal stories of twenty Chinese women who lived in the wartime capital of Chongqing during China's War of Resistance against Japan during World War II. By presenting women's remembrances of the war, this study examines the interplay between oral history and traditional historical narrative, public discourse, and private memories. The women interviewed came from differing social, economic, and educational backgrounds and experienced the war in a variety of ways, some of them active in the communist resistance and others trying to support families or pursue educations in the face of wartime upheaval. Their stories demonstrate that the War of Resistance had two faces: one presented by official propaganda and characterized by an upbeat unified front against Japan, the other a record of invisible private stories and a sobering national experience of death and suffering. The accounts of how women coped, worked, and lived during the war years in the Chongqing region recast historical understanding of the roles played by ordinary people in wartime and give women a public voice and face that, until now, have been missing from scholarship on the more

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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 146 x 220 x 16mm | 362.87g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252076745
  • 9780252076749
  • 1,679,531

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"The contributions of Echoes of Chongqing are so substantial that it is sure to be a foundational text for future studies of gender and the war, state and society in wartime China, and the history of Chongqing."--Nan Nu "An excellent source through which to understand how warfare affected the lives of ordinary people in East Asia in the 1930s and 1940s. Highly recommended."--Choice "A fascinating glimpse into a long-neglected aspect of Chinese history and the history of World War II."--Asian Affairs: An American Review "Danke Li's remarkable collection ... is a timely and welcome contribution to the fast-growing field of the study of wartime China."--The China Quarterly "Prefaced with thoughtful analysis and commentary by the author, transcripts of interviews with twenty subjects feature a range of voices that together weave a multilayered and gendered narrative of China's wartime history, while offering refreshing insights into the nature of suffering, survival, and resistance during times of war and national crisis."--The Historian "The stories of how women struggled and suffered in order to survive and support their families in Chongqing during China's War of Resistance against Japan rewrites historical understanding of the roles played by ordinary people in wartime and highlights the voices of women which, until now, have been largely neglected in scholarship on the war."--H-HistGeogshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction: History, Women, and China's War of Resistance against Japan; Part I: The War and Gender's Social Roles; Prologue; Students; A Xiajiang Woman; A Doctor's Wife; A Girl of the ZZEB; A Teacher of the ZZEB; A Woman from a Rich and Powerful Family; Women from Poor Peasant Families; Part II: The War and Gender's Economic Impact; Prologue; Daughters; A Tailor's Wife; An Abandoned Housewife; A Minsheng Employee; A Yuhua Textile Factory Worker; A Woman of the Songji Experimental Zone; Part III: The War and Gender's Political Impact; Prologue; A Communist Woman Working for the XYCZFZW; A Student Revolutionary; A Jiuguohui Woman; An Underground CCP Member; Part IV: Women, Memory, and China's War of Resistance against Japan; Epilogue; Notes; References; Indexshow more

About Danke Li

Danke Li is an associate professor of history at Fairfield University in Fairfield, more

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