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Jung Chang

The legendary Jung Chang - author of Wild Swans - once again applies her storytelling brilliance to twentieth century China, and how the notorious Soong sisters changed the course of history. 

Hosted by Jennifer Byrne. 

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“Behind every great man... is a Soong sister”

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Love, betrayal and Chinese history

Jung Chang grew up experiencing the brutal realities of Mao's policies, and her 1991 book, Wild Swans, about three generations of Chinese women, was translated into 37 languages and sold 13 million copies - despite being banned in mainland China. In the legendary author's fourth book, Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister, she turns her attention to the Soong sisters: Ching-ling, who married the ‘Father of China’ Sun Yat-sen, and her two high-profile sisters May-ling and Ei-ling. This is an astonishing story of love, betrayal, corruption and greed. Don't miss this incredible session as Chang explores the murky underworld of the political class, the complex relationship between communism and feminism, and how powerful women have helped shape modern China. 

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Jung Chang

Jung Chang is the internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China; Mao: The Unknown Story (with Jon Halliday); and Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine who Launched Modern China. Her books have been translated into over 40 languages and sold more than 15 million copies outside Mainland China where they are banned. She was born in China in 1952, and came to Britain in 1978. She lives in London.

Jennifer Byrne 

Jennifer Byrne is a senior journalist and broadcaster who has worked in all arms of the media: print, radio and television. She was a founding reporter with Channel Nine’s Sunday programme and spent some 12 years traveling the world for 60 Minutes and as anchor for Foreign Correspondent. She was publishing director of Reed Books, morning presenter on ABC radio, won national awards as interviewer and columnist for The Bulletin and, in May 2006,  returned to TV to create the country’s first televised Book Club, which ran on the ABC for 11 years, until 2018.  She now works for the BBC, as host of Australia’s Mastermind programme.

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