Members of the Wing On department store’s Kwok family in Shanghai in 1931: (clockwise from left) Edith Kwok, Elsie Kwok, Daisy Kwok, Pearlie Kwok and Darling Kwok. Daisy’s memoir, ‘Shanghai Daisy’, is one of two new memoirs recently released by Earnshaw Book. Photo: Private collection of Bobby Fu

Women in wartime China: two memoirs show how rise of communists struck well-off lives

  • ‘Betwixt and Between’ and ‘Shanghai Daisy’ capture China’s turmoil of the 1940s and ’50s and how the lives of two women, one a Wing On heiress, changed
  • While both suffer from a certain lack of narrative, they are thought-provoking and valuable first-person accounts in English
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Members of the Wing On department store’s Kwok family in Shanghai in 1931: (clockwise from left) Edith Kwok, Elsie Kwok, Daisy Kwok, Pearlie Kwok and Darling Kwok. Daisy’s memoir, ‘Shanghai Daisy’, is one of two new memoirs recently released by Earnshaw Book. Photo: Private collection of Bobby Fu
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