At a glance:
- Author: Ida Pruitt
- First Published: 1945
- Time of Work: 18671938
- Setting: Beijing and the Shandong Peninsula in northern China
- Genres: Nonfiction, Biography
- Subjects: Nineteenth century, Asia or Asians, Women, Working class, Servants, China or Chinese people, Biography, Opium
- Locales: Asia, China, Beijing, China
Form and Content
A Daughter of Han: The Autobiography of a Chinese Working Woman is the story of Ning Lao T’ai-t’ai, known as “Old Mistress Ning” or “Granny Ning.” She lived from the late nineteenth century until the mid-1930’s, just before Japan attacked China in World War II. Mistress Ning tells about her life, from her childhood and youth in the village of P’englai on the Yellow Sea to her marriage and career as a housemaid working for an interesting variety of Chinese and foreign employers. At the end of her life, she was living in retirement in the...
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