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Public Passions: The Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China

Eugenia Lean

Abstract

In 1935, a Chinese woman by the name of Shi Jianqiao murdered the notorious warlord Sun Chuanfang as he prayed in a Buddhist temple. This riveting work of history examines this well-publicized crime and the highly sensationalized trial of the killer. In a fascinating investigation of the media, political, and judicial records surrounding this cause celebre, Eugenia Lean shows how Shi Jianqiao planned not only to avenge the death of her father, but also to attract media attention and galvanize public support. This book traces the rise of a new sentiment — “public sympathy” — in early twentieth- ... More

Keywords: Shi Jianqiao, Sun Chuanfang, media attention, public support, public sympathy, assassin, sensational media, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520247185
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247185.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eugenia Lean, author