The Private Papers of Eastern JewelBook - 2008
Based on the real-life story of Yoshiko Kawashima, a fascinating but contradictory heroine who battled to juggle her extraordinary public life with her private paper demons. In Peking, 1914, eight-year-old Eastern Jewel, daughter of Prince Su's last concubine, peers from behind a carved screen as her father makes love to a bound-footed servant girl. Eastern Jewel is an intoxicating heroine, a feisty, rebellious woman who refuses to accept mutely the docile, subservient role that early twentieth-century Chinese society prescribes for her. Her early sexual curiosity sees her banished as a young girl to live with distant relatives in Tokyo, then forced into a passionless marriage in bleak, freezing Mongolia. But she is a bold, rebellious woman, and in the dazzling city of Shanghai she spies for the Japanese, spurning her Chinese heritage and everything she once held dear.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2008.
Branch Call Number: LIN
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 24 cm
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