Artículos con la etiqueta ‘The Lius of Shanghai’

The Lius of Shanghai: A past ‘Chinese dream’?

Por • 23 ago, 2013 • Category: sociologia

The Lius of Shanghai is based on a lifetime of letters exchanged by the patriarch, Liu Hongsheng, his wife, Ye Suzhen, and their 12 children. Their correspondence offers a fascinating look at how a powerful family navigated the treacherous politics of the period. They discuss sensitive issues – should the family collaborate with the Japanese occupiers, should it flee after the communist takeover? – as well as intimate domestic matters like marital infidelity. They also describe the agonies of wartime separation, protracted battles for control of the family firm, and the parents’ struggle to maintain authority in the face of swiftly changing values. Through it all, the distinctive voices of the Lius shine through, revealing how each of them passionately engaged in family arguments, and at the same time held onto the ties that bound them together.