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Title
Anchee Min interview
Creator
Min, Anchee, 1957-
Contributor
Martinson, Connie
Publication Information
The Drucker Institute
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Collection
Connie Martinson Talks Books
Rights Information
All rights are retained by The Drucker Institute. For permission to use this item, contact The Drucker Institute, http://www.thedruckerinstitute.com
Description
Anchee Min discusses her book, “Empress Orchid.” She begins by explaining that the book is historical fiction and follows the life of Tsu Hsi, also known as, Orchid. Orchid was born a poor girl in rural China, later she became a royal concubine and then the Emperor’s fourth wife, and eventually she ruled the country for forty-six years and became one of the most powerful women in Chinese history. Min goes on to explore how Orchid manipulated and maneuvered her way through the dangers and politics of the Forbidden City. Later in the interview Min shares why she decided to write the story of Empress Orchid. She explains that she felt that her daughter was not being taught Chinese history accurately. She also discusses how she feels that Americans have a lack of understanding of Chinese culture and history and how that affects their foreign policy decisions negatively.
Type
moving image
Format
video/f4v
00:15:31
Identifier
http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/cmt/id/599
Language
English
Subject
Cixi, Empress Dowager of China, 1835-1908 - Fiction
Empresses - Fiction
China - History - Guangxu, 1875-1908 - Fiction
Time Period
Nineteenth century
Place
China
Source
Betacam tape: Excerpt of show with Martinson interviewing Joseph Finder before the break and Anchee Min after the break.
Relation
Connie Martinson Talks Books - http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/col/cmt

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