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Yoshiko Kawashima’s life has been the subject of novels, soap operas and movies since the 1920s.

This Manchu Qing princess was sent to Japan after the 1911 revolution to be raised by Naniwa Kawashima, a friend of her father and a controversial Nationalist figure. Determined to restore her family to the Chinese throne, she set out to become a “Manchu Joan of Arc,” continually shifting loyalties. She cut her hair short, dressed as a man and broke countless taboos, shocking and delighting the press.

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