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The Girl from Purple Mountain: Love, Honor, War, and One Familys Journey from China to America
The Girl from Purple Mountain: Love, Honor, War, and One Familys Journey from China to America May-lee Chai 0312302703 9780312302702 A family memoir set against the shifting tides of twentieth-century China,The Girl from Purple Mo
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The Girl from Purple Mountain: Love, Honor, War, and One Familys Journey from China to America by May-lee Chai

A family memoir set against the shifting tides of twentieth-century China,The Girl from Purple Mountainbegins with a mystery: the Chai family matriarch, Ruth Mei-en Tsao Chai, dies unexpectedly and her grieving husband discovers that she had secretly arranged to be buried alonerather than in the shared plots they had purchased together years ago. For many years, Ruths family remained shocked by her decision and could not begin to fathom her motivations. Over time, they would fully understand her extraordinary story. Ruth was born in China at the beginning of the 20th century, during the reign of the last emperor. Educated by American missionaries, she was one of the first women admitted into a Chinese university, during an era when most Chinese women were illiterate and had bound feet. She would defy tradition and refuse to marry the man her family had chosen for her, instead choosing his younger brother as her husband. Later, as the Japanese Army advanced across China during World War II, her foresight and quick thinking kept her family alive as she, her husband, and their three sons were forced to flee from city to city. In war-torn Chungking, she was Lady Mountbattens interpreter as the Allies struggled to help China. After the war, the Chais immigrated to the U.S. to what seemed, until Ruths death, a happier and more peaceful life. In this extraordinary family epic, Ruths first-born son, Winberg, and his daughter May-lee explore family history to reconstruct her life as they seek to understand her fateful decision. As Winberg writes: It is my duty to try to understand my mother, to seek answers. To ignore the past is too much like forgetting . . . I hope my memories are enough to fulfill a sons obligations.

Author: May-lee Chai

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 324

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Publication Date: 2002-11-19

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ISBN: 0312302703


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