Jumping through Hoops: Autobiographical Stories by Modern Chinese Women Writers

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My Autobiography

Ye Zhongyin
Translated by Jing M. Wang

Ye Zhongyin (1912-?), also known under the penname Ye Zi,
was from Dacheng, Hebei. When she enrolled at Beijing Female
Normal College in 1928, her career in drama performance
began. In 1935 Ye studied drama at the National Drama
Training School (Guoli xiju zhuanke xuexiao) in Nanjing and
became a professional actor after graduation. During the War
of Resistance against Japan, she played a very active role in
spoken drama for national defense. She once served as director
of the Spoken Drama Section of Beijing People’s Art Theater

(Beijing renmin yishu juyuan). Ye was a member of China
Association of Dramatists (Zhongguo xijujia xiehui
).


I. My Childhood

I grew up in the countryside. My family was fairly well-to-do in the county as my ancestors had been very diligent for generations. When Grandfather was a young man, he and his brother worked closely together, so the family prospered. Grandfather toiled away all year round in the fields alongside his hired laborers and eventually died from constant exhaustion.

Granduncle owned a private bank in a neighboring town. When I was a child, he brought us delicacies and pastries every time he came home. He gathered us around him, and we all enjoyed the treats. In the meantime, we watched him stroke his mustache and sip his wine with content. He told us stories from town. He was a smart man and often helped friends and family resolve difficult situations. For that, everyone respected him. Thanks to his prestige, no one disobeyed his orders whenever he chose to give any.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • About the Translators ix
  • Introduction 1
  • How I Left My Mother 25
  • Jumping through Hoops 43
  • Imprints of Life 75
  • A Journey of Twenty-Seven Years 93
  • A Brief Autobiography 139
  • Midpoint of an Ordinary Life 151
  • My Autobiography 167
  • Can This Also Be Called An - Autobiography? 189
  • Self-Criticism and Self- - Encouragement- A Short Autobiography of a Journalist 197
  • Notes 203
  • Glossary 223
  • Bibliography 237
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