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Season 2007 Episode 0430

China's Eternal First Lady

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China's Eternal First Lady: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek with Laura Tyson Li.Madame Chiang Kai-shek is one of the most influential women in the recent history of China and Taiwan and her background illustrates the changes and opposing ideals which split China during the 20th century. Fluent in English, raised as a Christian and born into one of the wealthiest and most influential families in pre-revolutionary China, the wife of China's Nationalist leader remained a powerful figure in Taiwan until the 1970s.Brilliant, charismatic, and glamorous, Madam Chiang was celebrated as "the world's greatest living woman" and a symbol of resistance to Communist tyranny by her admirers, while to her critics, she was condemned as a scheming and manipulative "Dragon Lady."In Madame Chiang Kai-shek: China's Eternal First Lady, author Laura Tyson Li tells the story of this extraordinary women. After discovering that no English language biography of Madam Chiang existed, Tyson Li explains why this mysterious woman could still inspire such strong and conflicting emotions.moreless
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