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Manchu princess, Japanese spy : the story of Kawashima Yoshiko, the cross-dressing spy who commanded her own army / Phyllis Birnbaum.

Author/Creator:
Birnbaum, Phyllis, author.
Publication:
New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
Series:
Asia perspectives.
Asia perspectives : history, society, and culture
Format/Description:
Book
x, 252 pages ; 24 cm.
Subjects:
Kawashima, Yoshiko, 1906?-1948.
Women spies -- Japan -- Biography.
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 -- Biography.
Chinese -- Japan -- Biography.
Princesses -- China -- Manchuria -- Biography.
China -- History -- Republic, 1912-1949 -- Biography.
Japan -- History -- 1912-1945 -- Biography.
Manchuria (China) -- History -- 20th century.
China -- Relations -- Japan.
Japan -- Relations -- China.
Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).
Chinese.
International relations.
Princesses.
Women spies.
China.
China -- Manchuria.
Japan.
Form/Genre:
Biography.
History.
Biographies.
Summary:
"Kawashima Yoshiko (1906-1948) was an enigmatic Manchu princess whose life mirrored in many ways Japanese-Chinese relations in the first half of the 20th century. She was born into the Qing dynasty in China--the fourteenth daughter Prince Su--but grew up in Japan, after being given up for adoption to promote her father's political causes. Her fame was caught up with the fate of the puppet state set up by the Japanese in Manchuria during the 1930s (Manchukuo). She was a supporter of Manchukuo and served as a spy for the Japanese but also worked to restore the Manchu dynasty. She played a central role in the Shanghai Incident, which the Japanese Army used as an excuse to expand their war in and against China, culminating in the notorious Nanjing Massacre, but she also stuffed the empress into the trunk of her car and transported her in secret to a coronation in Manchuria. The Japanese set her up as the perfect symbol of amity between the two nations. She contested gender roles by wearing male military attire and a short, mannish haircut. In this book, Birnbaum tells Yoshiko's life story, culminating with her execution in 1948 by Chiang Kai-shek. She highlights the way in which Yoshiko's Chinese birth and Japanese upbringing created a unique personality, and how she was viewed differently in the two countries"--Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Main characters
Chronology
A note on the text
Born to chaos
Little sister
Royalty in exile
Continental adventurer
A new life in Japan
Manchu prince, Japanese wife
School days
The beauty in men's clothing
Extreme measures
Repercussions
On her own
Poisonous devil's brew
Advance into Manchuria
An emperor in flux
The reluctant empress
Powerful connections
Woman of influence
A growing awareness
Commander Jin
Starting over in Manchukuo
In the bright light
Wild child
A daughter looks back
China nights
Emergency help
An old love
Adrift in Fukuoka
Hopeful to the end
Narrow escapes
Postwar justice
Go with a smile.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780231152181
0231152183
OCLC:
894032768
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