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Jin YanThe Rudolph Valentino of Shanghai$
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Richard J. Meyer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622095861

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622095861.001.0001

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Interview with Qin Yi, Shanghai, PRC — December 15, 16, 17, 2005

Interview with Qin Yi, Shanghai, PRC — December 15, 16, 17, 2005

(p.123) Interview with Qin Yi, Shanghai, PRC — December 15, 16, 17, 2005
Jin Yan

Richard J. Meyer

Hong Kong University Press

Originally, Qin Yi had a big family. When the Japanese occupation occurred, they all split up and they moved into the international section for safety — the former government was powerless. It was like every country in the world had a concession in Shanghai. The first time she met Jin Yan was in Chongqing. They married in 1947. During the Cultural Revolution, she had difficulties like everyone. In 1947, there was a split between the Nationalists and the Communists — everyone knew that there was going to be a civil war sooner or later. After the liberation, Jin Yan did not express his artistic talents. His weak point was that he liked to drink. Sometimes, when he would get drunk, he would forget what he had done. The interview also tackles Qin's political activism, relationship with friends, Chinese cinema and feelings for her family.

Keywords:   Qin Yi, Japanese occupation, Shanghai, Chongqing, Cultural Revolution, Jin Yan, Chinese cinema, Communists, political activism, civil war

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