When an assailant cornered Xinran just outside a London trainstation and demanded that she hand over her purse, the author fought ferociously to keep her belongings. Cash and credit cards were not at the source of her tenacity; it was the manuscript lying within titled The Good Women of China . Its loss would have been emotionally devastating to Xinran because writing the tragic true stories of China's forgotten women had been a spiritually debilitating experience that she could not endure again.
The book took root while Xinran was hosting a daily radio show in China. She knew that through the centuries the female population had been kept uninformed about issues of sexuality and that China's political mayhem had on so many levels neutralized emotional affection. As Xinran shifted the focus of her program to women's issues, she began to receive letters from her female listeners that told of unspeakable horrors and unbelievably painful lives. The Good Women of China is a moving compilation of these stories that will bring even the hardest of hearts to tears.
many with questions about sexuality; one woman wondered
"why her heart beat faster when she accidentally bumped into a man on the bus." Eventually, Xinran persuaded her superiors to let her share some of these letters on the air, and in this groundbreaking book, written after she moved to London, she has also included stories that didn't make it past government censors.
A teen-ager commits suicide after learning that a neighbor has seen her boyfriend kiss her forehead; a university student speaks casually of becoming a "personal secretary," or mistress, to a rich man; a Kuomintang general's daughter goes mad after witnessing the torture of the family that sheltered her.
Paper back in very good condition