A DAUGHTER OF HAN: An Autobiography by Ida from the story told her by Ning Lao Pruitt

A DAUGHTER OF HAN: An Autobiography

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Subtitled The Autobiography of a Chinese Working Woman, this is the story told Ida Pruitt by an old woman of P'anglal, a city ""that stands on a rocky hill by the sea, facing Manuchuria"". Simple, authentic, almost stark in the lack of elaboration, the chapters of this book trace the life pattern of a simple woman of the people from the time of her childhood, through her marriage to an oplum addict; the birth of two daughters, the sale of one, her service in a high-born family, and on to a serene, though poverty stricken old age, with her grand-children about her. This reads like the unvarnished tale of a simple but typical Chinese woman's life, at once unsentimental and very moving. Of great interest to those who care to know the side of the proletarian rather than the aesthetic, rich side of Chinese life.

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 1945
Publisher: Yale Press