War: New-Style Wife

What should a new-style, progressive Chinese wife do when her husband turns out to be a dreadful reactionary? Mrs. Ling Hua-tang knew: call the cops and let them take care of him as they will. Last week, proud of herself, Mrs. Ling wrote a letter to Canton's official Communist Southern Daily, which printed it as a guide to fellow "progressives."

"For ten years," wrote Mrs. Ling, "there was hidden suffering in my heart. I knew my husband was a reactionary. During Kuomintang days, he was an officer in the 160th Division of Chiang's bandit army. In those days, he bullied me often,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!