with the Guerrillas in China's War against Japan
By Hsiao Li Lindsay
Wedding photo Professor Michael Lindsay and his former student,
Li Hsiao Li June 1941 Yenching University Beijing China.
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© 2006 Hsiao Li Lindsay
My name is Hsiao Li Lindsay. I am the "Bold Plum" in the book title, "plum" being a translation of my family name Li. The "bold" refers to the fact that I broke through multiple restrictions as a Chinese woman growing up during the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945.
I worked clandestinely assisting the Chinese Communist guerrillas while a university student in Japanese-occupied Beijing. I fell in love and married one of my professors who was from England, something almost unheard of for a Chinese woman at the time. On the day of Pearl Harbor, my husband Michael and I narrowly escaped capture by the Japanese secret police who had come to arrest us.
I lived underground for 2 ½ years in northern China, with several close encounters with the Japanese Army. I walked over 500 miles, crossing Japanese lines of control, to reach Yenan, the Chinese Communist wartime headquarters. I worked in close contact with the Chinese Communist leaders and the US Army Observers Section in Yenan for almost two years. Knowing both languages and cultures, I was trusted by the Chinese Communists and the Americans at Yenan.
I wrote this story in English in 1947. My story is not just about the Chinese resistance to the Japanese occupation. "Bold Plum" is also a love story between a Chinese woman (me) and an English man (Michael Lindsay, who became Lord Lindsay of Birker).
Watch for Bold Plum, with the Guerrillas in China's War against Japan. Coming soon.