Reviews Shehong Chen. Daughter of Good Fortune: A Twentieth-Century Chinese Peasant Memoir. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. xii, 348 pp. Paperback $30.00, isbn 978-0-295-99492-5. Daughter of Good Fortune is an autobiography dictated by Chen Huiqin (referred to as "Mother"), a rural woman who has lived in the Jiading area all her life, recorded and edited by Shehong Chen (referred to as her birth name Shezhen), Mother's firstborn, who is now a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Born in 1931, Mother witnessed a majority of the substantial social changes in rural China since the late 1930s, and relates the events in a microcosmic pattern, that is, the detailed daily life of a rural dweller in southeastern China. Ostensibly, the book is a collection of the life stories of Mother; however, the underlying and advanced intention of the book, as Shehong Chen declares in the preface and Delia Davin reiterates in the introduction, is to outline the progress of societal transformation that rural China underwent in the continual waves of reformations after the 1930s, specifically the establishment of Communist China in 1949, the Land Reform and Collectivization Campaign in the 1950s, the Cultural Revolution in
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Apr 14, 2015
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