China's American Daughter: Ida Pruitt (1888–1985) (review)

China's American Daughter: Ida Pruitt (1888–1985) (review) 484 China Review International: Vol. 14, No. 2, Fall 2007 5. Unlike Jia, I have translated you as "obtain" rather than "exist" or "existence" to better capture the senses of both "being" and "having" carried by the Chinese term, and to suggest a shift away from the ontology of individual beings implied by Western discourses on existence and toward a relational ontology more compatible with both classical Chinese thought and Buddhism. Marjorie King. China's American Daughter: Ida Pruitt (1888­1985). Sha Tin, Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2006. xxiv, 287 pp. Paperback $23.00, Isbn 962­996­221­7. Ida Pruitt's book Daughter of Han has been a bestseller for Stanford University Press since it was issued in paperback in 1967. Its first-person account of an ordinary Chinese woman's travails in late Qing and republican-era China has made it a favorite for instructors of survey-level classes, whose orders have kept the book continuously in print for forty years. Countless students suffered with Ning Lao T'ai-t'ai, the fiftyish domestic servant whose story is told in the book, when her "opium sot" of a husband sold their daughter--not once, but twice--to satisfy his drug addiction. This daughter, named Mantze, ends up married to another opium http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

China's American Daughter: Ida Pruitt (1888–1985) (review)

China Review International, Volume 14 (2) – Nov 28, 2008

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484 China Review International: Vol. 14, No. 2, Fall 2007 5. Unlike Jia, I have translated you as "obtain" rather than "exist" or "existence" to better capture the senses of both "being" and "having" carried by the Chinese term, and to suggest a shift away from the ontology of individual beings implied by Western discourses on existence and toward a relational ontology more compatible with both classical Chinese thought and Buddhism. Marjorie King. China's American Daughter: Ida Pruitt (1888­1985). Sha Tin, Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2006. xxiv, 287 pp. Paperback $23.00, Isbn 962­996­221­7. Ida Pruitt's book Daughter of Han has been a bestseller for Stanford University Press since it was issued in paperback in 1967. Its first-person account of an ordinary Chinese woman's travails in late Qing and republican-era China has made it a favorite for instructors of survey-level classes, whose orders have kept the book continuously in print for forty years. Countless students suffered with Ning Lao T'ai-t'ai, the fiftyish domestic servant whose story is told in the book, when her "opium sot" of a husband sold their daughter--not once, but twice--to satisfy his drug addiction. This daughter, named Mantze, ends up married to another opium

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