‘One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country.’ The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters from Shanghai, who for most of the twentieth century were at the centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that `One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country’, but there was far more to the Soong sisters than these caricatures. As China battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, each sister played an important, sometimes critical role, and left an indelible mark on history.
International bestselling Chinese author, Jung Chang joins us to discuss her gripping new biography Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China. She tells the story of the three extraordinary Soong sisters from Shanghai who, via their own and their husbands’ positions of power, shaped the course of twentieth-century China, leaving an indelible mark on history.