Welcome to my Web site! Welcome to
the exciting world which is described in my new book.
RETURN TO THE MIDDLE KINGDOM: ONE FAMILY, THREE REVOLUTIONARIES, AND THE BIRTH OF
is published by
Union Square Press of
Sterling Publishing .
We sometimes feel compelled to tell
the stories of the earlier generations of family, so that we can
say we have done our duty to the future generations, but we
seldom have an opportunity to do so.
website helps me to keep in touch with my readers, friends and
family. Please let me know what you think of this family story.
October 12, 2008 Bay Sunday Program:
Author discusses her book, “Return to the Middle Kingdom” with host Sue
Norm Goldman Publisher &
Editor of Bookpleasures.com -
A Conversation With Yuan-tsung Author of Return to the Middle Kingdom:
One Family, Three Revolutionaries, and the Birth of Modern China
Tom Grunfeld, State University of New York’s Distinguished
Teaching Professor, Empire State College/SUNY
Yuan-tsung Chen recounts the astonishing
story of three generations of a remarkable, fascinating,
long-forgotten and insufficiently heralded family. Through this
lens she invokes a fascinating time relating the riveting
history of the Chinese revolution and the critical role played
by overseas Chinese. This is a connection that has been rarely
made and Chen’s important popular history breaks new ground in
our understanding of those momentous events and the Chinese
diaspora. There is much in this tale to enthrall any reader in
the drama of a complex time and in lives intensively lived.
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Professor Chalmers Johnson, author of PEASANT NATIONALISM AND
COMMUNIST POWER: The Emergence of Revolutionary China, 1937-1945
Professor Johnson is also the author of the bestseller, THE
THE SORROWS OF EMPIRE
NEMESIS: The Last Days of
the American Republic
Chen Yuan-tsung’s book is an important insider’s
account of the Chinese revolution from the fall of the last
dynasty to the horrors of the Cultural Revolution. She is the
widow of the prominent Communist propagandist Jack Chen, whose
father was Eugene Chen, the fiery overseas Chinese from Trinidad
who collaborated with Sun Yat-sen as the leader of the left-wing
of his Nationalist Party. Her memoir is filled with new details
concerning warlords, revolutionaries, Soviet and Chinese
Communists, and figures like Chiang Kai-shek and Zhou Enlai.
China specialists and general readers alike will appreciate this
Amy Tan, author of the bestseller, THE JOY LUCK CLUB.
I am already an admirer of Yuan-tsung Chen’s first
book, THE DRAGON’S VILLAGE. Now she has written a compelling
story of China’s revolutionary history and from a singular and
intimate point of view: that of three generations of her
husband’s family of revolutionaries. Those in universities might
read it for its scholarship, for its fascinating detail of the
social order of family, class, and gender flowing along
turbulent and diverging political streams. But it should also be
read for all the reasons one reads good stories. As harrowing
and as boldly honest as Jung Chang’s WILD SWANS, this is a story
about one family from landless peasant to revolutionary leaders,
from poor household hearth to secret meetings with those who
shaped China’s history. Here is what goes into the making of
revolutions led by individuals who refused to be submissive to
fate and whose descendants inherited that determination. Within
this family are the lessons of history repeating itself.