Daughter of Good Fortune: A Twentieth-Century Chinese Peasant Memoir
Chen Huiqin with Shehong Chen
University of Washington Press
9780295994925 (paperback); 9780295994710 (cloth)
$30.00 paperback; $90.00 hardcover
Daughter of Good Fortune tells the story of Chen Huiqin and her family through the tumultuous 20th century in China. She witnessed the Japanese occupation during World War II, the Communist Revolution in 1949 and its ensuing Land Reform, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and the Reform Era. Chen was born into a subsistence farming family, became a factory worker, and lived through her village's relocation to make way for economic development. Her family's story of urbanization is representative of hundreds of millions of rural Chinese.
Chen Huiqin was born in 1931 in Wang Family Village, in Jiading Country near Shanghai, and now lives on her ancestral land. Shehong Chen is associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She is the author of Being Chinese, Becoming Chinese American. Delia Davin is emeritus professor of Chinese studies at the University of Leeds. She is the author of Woman Work: Women and the Party in Revolutionary China.