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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

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by Jung Chang

NEW YORK: ANCHOR BOOKS PUBLISHED BY DOUBLEDAY, 1992
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY SIMON & SCHUSTER, 1991
524 PAGES

Jung Chang’s autobiographical history, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, contains enough romance and adventure to interest a high school student, and enough historical and cultural detail to satisfy a history or literature teacher’s pedagogical needs. Curious yet critical, the average high school student knows little more about China than what he or she has seen in Chinese restaurants or a few square blocks of Chinatown. And, while students might be fascinated with its mystery and language, how do they approach the immense amount of history that represents China? How can the teacher, who must cover the world in nine-month semesters, make China relevant to the teenager?