A Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 369 pages
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*For the bibliography mentioned in the book, click here. A Thousand Miles of Dreams is an evocative and intimate biography of two Chinese sisters who took very different paths in their quests to be independent women. Ling Shuhao arrived in Cleveland in 1925 to study medicine in the middle of a U.S. crackdown on Chinese immigrant communities, and her effort to assimilate began. She became an American named Amy, while her sister Ling Shuhua burst onto the Beijing literary scene as a writer of short fiction. Shuhua's tumultuous affair with Virginia Woolf's nephew during his years in China eventually drew her into the orbit of the Bloomsbury group. The sisters were Chinese "modern girls" who sought to forge their own way in an era of social revolution that unsettled relations between men and women and among nations. Daughters of an imperial scholar-official and a concubine, they followed trajectories unimaginable to their parents' generation. Biographer Sasha Su-Ling Welland stumbled across their remarkable stories while recording her grandmother's oral history. She discovered the secret Amy had jealously hidden from family in the United States her sister's fame as a Chinese woman writer as well as intriguing discrepancies between the sisters' versions of the past. Shaped by the social history of their day, the journeys of these extraordinary women spanned the twentieth century and three continents in a saga of East-West cultural exchange and personal struggle. Visit the author's website for more information and upcoming events. http: //www.sashawelland.com/index.html"
 

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Contents

Departure
1
Moving House
15
Origins
17
Ambition
25
Disappointment
37
Courtyards
47
Mountains and Walls
63
Casting Off
75
Seeking a Mooring
187
Arrival
189
Adrift
209
Souvenirs
233
The Entangling Net
241
Rice Porridge
267
War Letters
275
An American Home
293

Lessons
77
Mist
93
Amid Ghosts
105
Into the Streets
117
Romance
131
Gatherings
139
Modern Medicine
151
Crescent Moon
169
Wandering
301
The Chinese House
313
Return
321
Sources
329
References
331
Index
355
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Sasha Su-Ling Welland has woven together the remarkable lives of her grandmother and great-aunt in this biography. She is assistant professor of anthropology and women studies at the University of Washington.

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