Sun., May 16 | Zoom

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love. Hosted by Jason - thinks about "strategy" but hates the term "strategist;" classical music enthusiast. 562 pages, 22 hours on Audible.
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May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MDT
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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China 

by Jung Chang

Hosted by Jason - thinks about "strategy" but hates the term "strategist;" classical music enthusiast.

(562 pages, 22 hours on Audible)

Description: The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.

An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor,” a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.

Intent of Session: Learn about the upheavals that wracked China in the 20th Century from the point of view of a (reasonably) normal Chinese family. How is the China of today different from the China depicted in the book? What has stayed the same? Why did the Communists rise to power, and how did they wield their power?

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