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Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of 20th-Century China

Jung Chang Interviewed by Nick Higham

Sunday, 29 March 2020

12:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £15

Wild Swans author Jung Chang talks about her new biography of three women who helped to shape the course of modern Chinese history.

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a story of sisterhood, revolution and betrayal. Chang looks at the lives of the most famous sisters in China, the Soongs. Ching-Ling married the ‘Father of China’, Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao’s vice-chair. May-ling was Madame Chiang Kai-shek and first lady of pre-Communist nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. Ei-ling became Chiang’s unofficial main adviser and one of China’s richest women. Chang explains how all three enjoyed huge privilege but also endured constant danger. They remained emotionally close even when they found themselves in opposite camps.

Chang rose to international fame with the publication of Wild Swans, the story of China told through three generations of women in her family. Her books, which also include Mao: The Unknown Story and Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine who Launched Modern China, have sold more than 15 million copies outside mainland China, where they are banned.

Here she talks to BBC journalist Nick Higham, who was the BBC’s first ever media correspondent and, until recently, presenter of Meet the Author on the BBC news channel.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming