Geling Yan draws from life in a tale 
of women in war

Books Dec 12, 2015

Geling Yan draws from life in a tale 
of women in war

by Karen Ma

At the opening of Chinese-American author Geling Yan's best-selling novel "Little Aunt Crane," a 16-year-old girl by the name of Tatsuru, or "Crane," escapes a mass suicide that Japanese elders in a Manchurian village order to preserve their honor. The young girl's problems, however, ...

Invoking Manchuria's cross-dressing spy

Books Apr 11, 2015

Invoking Manchuria's cross-dressing spy

by Paul Mccarthy

She was born the daughter of a Manchu prince in Beijing in 1907. Later, as she grew up in Japan, she earned notoriety for her flamboyant challenges to gender roles and her military exploits as a princess-spy. Even today Yoshiko Kawashima still stokes controversy, ...