Extreme Makeover: Empress Dowager Cixi prepares for an American visitor
Princess Der Ling was the daughter of a mixed-heritage Chinese nobleman who was the lady-in-waiting to the Manchu Empress Dowager Cixi. She was not a true princess—the title was conferred by Cixi, who had been effectively deposed in 1898—and was valid only at the palace, which Der Ling left in 1905. We listen to her account of how the Empress prepared for an American visitor.
From Lapham's Quarterly