A Daughter of Han; the Autobiography of A Chinese Working Woman

A Daughter of Han; the Autobiography of A Chinese Working Woman

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Within the common destiny is the individual destiny. So it is that through the telling of one Chinese peasant woman's life, a vivid vision of Chinese history and culture is illuminated. Over the course of two years, Ida Pruitt—a bicultural social worker, writer, and contributor to Sino-American understanding—visited with Ning Lao T'ai-ta'i, three times a week for breakfast. These meetings, originally intended to elucidate for Pruitt traditional Chinese family customs of which Lao T'ai-t'ai possessed some insight, became the foundation for an enduring friendship.As Lao T'ai-t'ai described the cultural customs of her family, and of the broader community of which they were a part, she invoked episodes from her own personal history to illustrate these customs, until eventually the whole of her life lay open before her new confidante. Pruitt documented this story, casting light not only onto Lao T'ai-t'ai's own biography, but onto the character of life for the common man of China, writ large. The final product is a portrayal of China that is "vividly and humanly revealed."

Baker & Taylor
The customs and traditions of Chinese family life are revealed in the detailed recollections of a working-class grandmother, born in the 1860's

Publisher: Stanford, Calif., Stanford University Press [1967, c1945]
Description: vi, 254 p. map, plan, ports. 23 cm
ISBN: 9780804706063
0804706069
Branch Call Number: 951.035092 Nin
Additional Contributors: Pruitt, Ida

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