Women, War and Memory
In 1937, Chongqing became the wartime capital of the Nationalist government and the political center of China. Women who lived there suddenly realized that the War had been changed from distant news to inescapable living conditions for them. Air-raid alarms resounding over the city, crowded shelters ,soaring prices, street orphans, and the flood of refugees all became their everyday life and collective memories.
The author visited and interviewed more than fifty Chinese women who lived in Chongqing during the War. While recording their life stories, this book is focused on ordinary women’s wartime experiences and what markers these experiences left on Chinese women and the nation.