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British-Chinese writer Jung Chang on Wild Swan, being banned in China

Hindustan Times | BySaudamini Jain
Apr 07, 2015 05:58 PM IST

British-Chinese writer Jung Chang talks about her bestselling family biography Wild Swan and about her books being banned in China.

Jung Chang is the most well-known Chinese writer in the world. But all of her three books are banned in China. Her family memoir Wild Swans was the book of the ’90s, which is to say, everybody read it.



This big green book was published just two years after the 1989 demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. The average reader was relatively ignorant about China but keenly interested. And here was an account of three generations of Chinese women: Chang’s grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother, a revolutionary; and Chang herself, a former Red Guard who eventually moved to England.



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