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The Last Emperor of China: The Life of Aisin-Gioro Puyi

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Author: Wang Qingxiang;
Language: English
Page: 296
Publication Date: 03/2013
ISBN: 9787508524511,7508524519
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WANG QINGXIANG WAS BORN IN SHENYANG IN 1943 AND GRADUATED FROM THE HISTORICAL DEPARTMENT OF JILIN UNIVERSITY IN 1978.HE IS NOW A RESEARCHER FOR THE HISTORICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF JILIN PROVINCIAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE. 
倪娜,NI NA A SENIOR TRANSLATOR ,WAS BORN IN 1953 IN XI'AN AND GRADUATED IN ENGLISH LITERATURE AT THE PEKING SECOND FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE NOW ,SHE IS A COUNCIL MEMBER AND DEPUTY-DIRECTOR OF THE LITERARY TRANSLATORS COMMITTEE WITHIN SHAANXI TRANSLATORS ASSOCIATION.
Table of Contents
Special Amnesty
1. Date to Start a New Life
2. Leaving for Beijing.
3. Arrival in Beijing
4. The Happy Reunion of the Aisin-Gioro Clan
5. Opening to a New Page
Gardener
1. The First Job
2. Joining the Cause to Construct a Socialist Society
3. Learning to Live the Life of a Citizen.
4. A Chinese Person's Pride
5. Pujie Coming Back
A Historical Researcher
1. Becoming a Commissioner of Historical Research
2. Working as a Historical Researcher.
3. Puyi's New Colleagues
4. Writing and Publishing His Autobiography
Puyi and His Five Wives
1. The Marriage Tragedies in the First Half of his Life
2. Love, in the Twilight of Puyi's Life
3. Honeymoon
4. A Painful Topic
Home Life
1. Food, Clothing and Shelter
2. Puyi's Interests in Culture
3. Puyi's Differences from Ordinary People
Delightful Tours around China
1. Revisiting Familiar Places
2. Tour to Southeast China
3. Tour of Northwest China
A Private Citizen
1. Dragon returning to a Man's World
2. Voting for Representatives for the People's Congress
3. Changing Way of Thought
4. Concerning State Affairs.
5. Never Forgetting Reformation
6. Caring for Others
Political Life
1. Attending a Session of the CPPCC as a Non-Voting Delegate
2. Mounting the Stand of Tian'anmen Square
3. Commemorating the Incident of September 18th.
4. Shaking Hands with Former Political Opponents.
5. Speech at Congress Session of the CPPCC
6. 1962 to 1964, the Happiest Period in Puyi's Life.
7. Becoming a Member of the CPPCC
8. The Last Emperor and the Last President Shaking Hands in Beijing
9. Celebrating National Day 1965.
10. Twin Reappearances on Public Occasions during the Cultural Revolution
Receiving Foreign Friends
1. Receiving Foreign Friends at Beijing Botanical Garden.
2. Receiving Congressman Abefumio.
3. Talking with a Correspondent from Uruguay
4. A Record of Puyi's Interview with Foreign Friends
5. Responses in Illness to Visitors' Questions
In the Cultural Revolution
1. From Earnest Belief to Suspicion
2. In the Time of "Drawing Fire on Themselves"
3. In "Red August" of 1966
4. The Torrents of the Cultural Revolution Finally Reach Puyi.
5. The First Half of My Life Denounced
6. "Imperial Concubine Rebelling"
7. The Denunciation of"The Inside Story of the Qing Imperial Palace"
Suffering from Cancer and Passing Away
I. Kidney Cancer, Which Failed to be Diagnosed Promptly .
2. In the Peking Union Medical College Hospital
3. Complicated Treatment
4. The Peking Union Medical College Hospital Turned into "The Opposing Imperialism Hospital".
5. The Last Words
6. Puyi's Memorial - Thirteen Years Late
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Puyi later recalled, "With sincerity, I wrote this book to repent my past and to lay bare my ugly crimes against the Chinese people; also to leave behind my personal recollections for later generations. I am sure the readers of this book will form their own proper conclusions from reading it." 
After reading through the copied manuscripts of Puyi's memoir, the leaders confirmed that they were glad see Puyi's written repentance of his crimes. They praised the fact that Puyi's memoir showed not only his own successful reformation, but also the progress of Chinese society overall in the past half-century. They said that Puyi's memoir, after thorough editing,should be published. 
On December 14th 1959, when Puyi met Premier Zhou for the first time, he reported that he had written a memoir including the account of his reformation. With great interest, Premier Zhou immediately asked Puyi whether or not he had the memoir with him. Puyi replied that it had been stored in the prison. Puyi said that, at the time, it was only a draft. Although it had been revised twice, it still needed thorough revision. 
More than a month later, on January 26, 1960, when Premier Zhou received Puyi and his relatives, he told Puyi he had received a copy of his memoir and had read most of it. Enthusiastically, he told Puyi, "Your memoir is very valuable." Premier Zhou praised Puyi for the courage to "declare war against feudal society" and to "expose his stupidity in trying to restore the Qing Dynasty". But Premier Zhou also said, "I think there is too much self-criticism in it. It should be written according to historical facts."He requested Puyi to improve it through further meticulous revision. 
Before long, at Premier Zhou's direction, Puyi's long memoir was divided into three volumes. In a large font of characters and sixteen mo, four hundred copies were printed. They were issued to the leaders of the CPC and the CPPCC, and Puyi was also given a set. The white front covers had 'UNFINISHED' written on the upper right corners. 
Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Pen Zhen and other leaders of the state gladly read Puyi's memoir. They said, "It is the first memoir written by a Chinese emperor." They all gave their honest opinions and suggestions to Puyi, and praised his courage in exposing his old self. Mr. Peng Zhen said, "A memoir should not be a long self-criticism. Puyi was only a little boy when he was chosen to be emperor, what error did he make then?" 
Four months later, The Masses Publishing House was ordered to print seven thousand copies of Puyi's memoir, in two volumes and thirty-two mo,with gray covers. They were confined to distribution within government,legal, and historical circles, in order to solicit constructive criticism from the officials and academics. 
Of course, Puyi himself was still dissatisfied with the manuscript of his memoir. He knew it needed further revision, and he wanted to add his experiences from 1957 to the time he was released. 
The Masses Publishing House belonged to the Ministry of Public Security (MPS). Mr. Li Wenda, one of its chief editors and a popular writer,was appointed to help Puyi with the further revision of his memoir. 
At the end of April 1960, it was arranged for Mr. Li Wenda to live at the famous Xiangshan Hotel, near the Beijing Botanical Garden, to help Puyi revise his memoir. For two and a half months, every morning, Puyi worked in the botanical garden. After lunch, he would go to the Xiangshan Hotel to work on the revision with Mr. Li. They first reduced the number of sections containing self-criticism, next they reorganized some of the narrative, concluding by adding more recent events, from 1957 until the end of 1959. Also included was an account of Puyi's feelings when he was received by Premier Zhou. Finally, they perfected the language of the whole manuscript.
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