Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy: The Story of Kawashima by Phyllis Birnbaum

By Phyllis Birnbaum

Aisin Gioro Xianyu (1907-1948) used to be the fourteenth daughter of a Manchu prince and a mythical determine in China's bloody fight with Japan. After the autumn of the Manchu dynasty in 1912, Xianyu's father gave his daughter to a jap good friend who used to be sympathetic to his efforts to reclaim strength. This guy raised Xianyu, referred to now as Kawashima Yoshiko, to revive the Manchus to their former glory. Her fearsome commitment to this reason eventually received her killed.

Yoshiko had a fiery character and enjoyed the limelight. She surprised eastern society through dressing in men's outfits and rose to prominence as Commander Jin, touted in Japan's media as a brand new Joan of Arc. Boasting a brief, good-looking haircut and a real army uniform, Commander Jin used to be credited with many bold exploits, between them driving horseback as chief of her personal military throughout the jap profession of China.

While attempting to advertise the Manchus, Yoshiko supported the puppet Manchu country confirmed via the japanese in 1932--one cause she was once performed for treason after Japan's 1945 defeat. the reality of Yoshiko's existence continues to be a resource of competition among China and Japan: a few think she used to be exploited through robust males, others declare she relished her function as political provocateur. China holds her chargeable for unspeakable crimes, whereas Japan has forgiven her transgressions. This biography provides the richest and such a lot exact portrait so far of the debatable princess secret agent, spotting her actually novel function in conflicts that remodeled East Asia.

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22 4 Continental Adventurer Water, sky; sky and water, clouds; these gave way to land, seemingly floating in the water; this was the mainland of China. This was to be my second homeland, one that had appeared so often in my dreams. ¯ten —Miyazaki To K awashima Naniwa’s reputation has been assaulted from various quarters over the years, and mention of his name can still bring on a lot of yelling. That kind of roughing up, however, does not take place within hearing of his small circle of surviving fans, who would not tolerate such insults.

Years later, with wars, a lengthy prison stay, and tragedies behind him, Pujie still savored that moment when he first met his future wife: Unexpectedly, for both of us it was love at first sight, and I agreed to make Saga Hiro my wife. At the start, this was a marriage that the Kwantung Army had arranged on its own, but it turned into a marriage in which a husband and wife shared a deep love for each other and many hardships, joy, and sadness. Over the years, we two would frequently talk about who had been responsible for bringing us together as a married couple, inseparable for our entire lives.

He was the oldest son, and traditions of filial piety demanded that he renounce his own desires for his family’s sake, but Naniwa seems to have had little regard for this oldfashioned Confucian concept. He scrounged around to collect his travel expenses and at last took a boat to Shanghai in September 1886, explaining that if he did not go now, his future would amount to nothing. He urged his virtually penniless parents to hold out for just a little while longer and in later writings at least had the decency to say that he had felt qualms about leaving his relatives at the dock.

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