Daughter of Good Fortune tells the story of Chen Huiqin and her family through the tumultuous 20th century in China. She witnessed the Japanese occupation during World War II, the Communist Revolution in 1949 and its ensuing Land Reform, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and the Reform Era. Chen was born into a subsistence farming family, became a factory worker, and lived through her village�s relocation to make way for economic development. Her family�s story of urbanization is representative of hundreds of millions of rural Chinese.
Chen Huiqin. With Shehong Chen. Introduction by Delia Davin
Preface and Acknowledgments by Shehong ChenIntroduction by Delia Davin
1. Ancestral Home2. War and Revolution3. Benefiting from the New Marriage Law4. Rushing into Collective Life5. The Great Leap Forward6. �No Time for Meals All Year Round�7. Years of Ordeal8. Reaching Beyond Peasant Life9. Changes in the Family10. Farewell to Collective Life11. Rural Customs and Urban Life12. A House-Purchasing Frenzy13. Crossing Borders and Leaving the Ancestral Village14. Between the Living and the Dead15. All Our Children Are �Plump Seeds�16. Return to Ancestral Land