March 20, 2015

Intriguing Woman#2: Jiang Qing

Filed under: Books — Tags: — rvchua @ 4:57 am

516px-Mao_and_Jiang_Qing_1946An actress who was also a member of the Chinese Communist Party and in her third marriage became the fourth and last wife of Mao Zedong. Jiang Qing is infamously known as one of The Gang of Four who controlled China during Mao’s latter years. After Mao’s death, she was arrested and condemned to death but the sentence was lessened to life imprisonment. She later committed suicide in 1991 after learning she had throat cancer.

Anchee Min’s Becoming Madame Mao is a fictionalized account of her life. I don’t know if there is another novel about Jiang Qing’s life.


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