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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Ding Ling 1904-1986. Chinese writer known for her novels, stories, and plays that explore the evolving role of women in Communist China.


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  • Since his early days in Yan’an, when he was a young man of twenty, he had been close friends with a well-known woman writer called Ding Ling.

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  • Several months later Ding Ling was labeled as the number-one rightist in China.

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  • Of Pearl’s feminist contemporaries, Hsieh Ping-hsin and Ding Ling—“those two intrepid and fearless women writers who used to make me so proud”—Hsieh acknowledged no political allegiance in her work and faded from public view; Ding joined the Communists and, after fighting many bitter battles for women’s liberation, ended up as one of the Party’s model writers.



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