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Qiu Jin

A native of Shaoxing in Zhejiang Province, Qiu Jin was a martyr in the revolution for democracy early this century. Qiu lived with her husband in Beijing for several years, during which she was able to read a vast amount of modern literature which helped broadening her views. She was angry at the corruption of the Qing Government and at the exploitation of China by the foreign imperialists.

Qiu Jin divorced her conservative husband in 1904, and went to Japan on her own to study. There she participated in revolutionary activities organised by overseas Chinese students. She was influenced by Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Huang Xing, Zhou Rong, Cai Yuanpei, and Xu Xilin. Upon returning to China in 1906, she published the "Chinese Women Magazine" to promote women rights and promulgate revolutionary ideas.

In 1907, Qiu Jin returned to Shaoxing to run a school. She organized a liberation army with Xu Xilin as commander and herself as the deputy. Together they planned simultaneous uprisings in Anhui and Zhejiang Provinces. Xu assasinated the Governor of Anhui Province, but the insurrection was ultimately a failure, and Qiu Jin was subsequently arrested. At her inquisition, she confessed nothing, her encryptic last words being "Autumn wind and rain have brought overwhelming grief to many". She was thirty-one when she was executed.

 

QIU JIN 3

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189 X 94 cm , 2005