Stories of Our Century: “Wild Swans”

This entry is part of the series Stories of Our Century

Chinese poster evoking the communist party’s mobilization of its members to practice agriculture (© Wikipedia)

In 1999, Radio Netherlands broadcast a series of 12 programmes telling the story of the 20th century through famous books. In each programme a guest speaker gives us the historical background behind the story in the book and tells us about the actual events that inspired it.
In the award-winning book “Wild Swans”, published in 1991, author Jung Chang tells the personal histories of three generations of Chinese women: her grandmother, her mother, and herself. This best-selling real-life narrative recounts the drama of life and survival in 20th-century China from the Manchu dynasty to Mao and modernism.
The guest speaker is professor Ross Terrill, an Australian historian and Research Associate of Chinese Studies at Harvard University

Produced and presented by Jane Murphy

Broadcast in 1999

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