Friday, May 30, 2008

From 'Son of Heaven' to citizen of New China

The last Chinese emperor was Aixinjueluo Puyi @ Henry Puyi (above) and his life story is very interesting and has been written in books or made movies. The dethroned 'Son of Heaven' who reigned as Emperor Xuantong of the Dynasty of Qing from 1908-1911 and also as 'Emperor Kangde' of the Japanese-sponsored quisling regime of 'Manchukuo' in northeast China from 1932-1945, died as New China's citizen in 1967. He left behind a Chinese-language autobiography The Former Half of My Life whose English translation is retitled From Emperor to Citizen, and, to be frank, I have not read Puyi's memoirs but I did watch the Hollywood movie The Last Emperor many years ago in Petaling Jaya.

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