Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Book - The Undaunted Women of Nanking: The Wartime Diaries of Minnie Vautrin and Tsen Shui-fang

The Undaunted Women of Nanking: The Wartime Diaries of Minnie Vautrin and Tsen Shui-fang. Edited and Translated by Huey-ling Hu and Zhang Lian-hong. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2010.
Link: WorldCat record (with Google Books Preview)

The Rape of Nanking refers to the Japanese invasion and occupation of Nanking, China, from December of 1937 to February 1938. Historians estimate that Japanese soldiers killed between 200,000 and 300,000 Chinese and raped between 20,000 and 80,000 women.

Minnie Vautrin (1886-1941) and Tsen Shui-fang (1875-1969) turned Ginling College into a refugee camp that protected thousands of women and children during the Rape of Nanking. Their diaries, juxtaposed in this new edited collection,  provide detailed accounts of life in the refugee camp.

This is the first English translation of Tsen Shui-fang’s diary. Although Vautrin's diary is also available online (pdf) as part of Yale's Nanking Massacre Project,  it lacks the editorial notes in The Undaunted Women of Nanking. For additional information about Vautrin, see Hua-ling Hu's American Goddess at the Rape of Nanking: The Courage of Minnie Vautrin (Southern Illinois University Press, 2000) and American National Biography.

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