CHINESE WOMEN: Yesterday and Today by Florence Ayscough

CHINESE WOMEN: Yesterday and Today

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An interesting book for anyone already attracted by accounts of Chinese life and customs, and of heroic and unique characters. The book is a combination of sketches, of various individuals who have influenced Chinese life, women who have been warriors, poets, revolutionary leaders, wives and widows. The author approaches the Chinese woman from the standpoint of her background, and traces the emancipation in a few short years. The traditions are still in conflict with western ideas of progress, and China is suffering through a transition period of conflict between old and new. The author quotes delightful translations from Chinese poetry and folksongs, verse full of beautiful imagery. She gives also the precepts for women, re- written from a book of instructions hundreds of years old. The book has its place in the growing literature about the Far East, but there is no flow of compelling interest that would make it a popular seller.

Pub Date: Nov. 12th, 1937
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin