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 eastern good friend who was once sympathetic to his efforts to reclaim energy. This guy raised Xianyu, referred to now as Kawashima Yoshiko, to revive the Manchus to their former glory. Her fearsome commitment to this reason finally obtained her killed.

Yoshiko had a fiery character and enjoyed the limelight. She stunned jap society by way of 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 was once credited with quite a few bold exploits, between them driving horseback as chief of her personal military through the eastern career of China.

While attempting to advertise the Manchus, Yoshiko supported the puppet Manchu country confirmed by way of the japanese in 1932, which grew to become one of many purposes she used to be completed for treason after Japan's 1945 defeat. the reality of Yoshiko's lifestyles continues to be a resource of competition among China and Japan -- a few think she was once exploited by way of robust males, others declare she relished her position as political provocateur. China holds her chargeable for unspeakable crimes, whereas Japan has forgiven her transgressions. This biography provides the main exact and colourful portrait so far of the debatable princess secret agent, spotting her really novel function in conflicts that reworked East Asia.

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