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.
Laura Tyson Li
Laura Tyson Li spent a decade living in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, during which she was variously a student, business reporter for the South China Morning Post, and Taiwan correspondent for the Financial Times (1994-98).
She has also written articles for The Economist and many other publications. Ms. Tyson Li grew up in Cornwall, Connecticut and graduated from Dartmouth College, where she majored in East Asian Studies. She now lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. Madame Chiang Kai-shek: China's Eternal First Lady is her first book.