Wild Swans: A real life drama that recounts the lives of three generations of Chinese women
through political unrest in 20th century China.  
 A great book that takes you through the time of
concubines, M
ao's revolution, famine, and the cultural revolution.  (Jung Chang)

Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now:   A great memoir of life in China under Mao
and Deng.  This Canadian born ethnic Chinese woman was one of the first undergraduate
foreigners allowed to study in Beijing University during the Cultural Revolution. (Jan Wong)

The Rape of Nanking: A concise and griping account of the horrific events that unfolded in
Japanese occupied Nanking in the 1930s.
  A true story that has been rarely told in the Western
education system.
 A very disturbing book that should not be purchased lightly. (Iris Chang)
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