Have you ever wondered what It would be like if the government that is supposed to protect you went against you, Well that’s what happened to the people who lived during the Cultural revolution The Red Scarf Girl, Ji-Li Jiang is a girl who lived the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a time of fear when all the laws of China broke down, At the start life was good for Ji-Li she was good in academics and she was a social person but as the book progressed Ji-Li’s life was starting to be ruined by Bad Academics because teachers were considered Four Olds (Something that is from the Old Chinese Culture) because Chairman Mao(a communist revolutionary) wanted to “Revolutionize" China.
The pearl diver, the Hannah Arendt's poetic metaphor for whom thinks of dealing with the tradition, “descends to the bottom of the sea, not to excavate the bottom and bring it to light but to pry loose the rich and the strange, the pearls and the coral in the depths, and carry them to the surface. ”1 Through the process of diving come up with the stream of the time, the loss of traditional values that might have been discerned in the past has been brought to light of the modern. Likewise, the one who explores the human rights sources within Confucianism deals with the current dilemma over making sense of human rights lies in the improvement of human rights understanding within cultures without merely transplanting concepts from outside, and
Imagine being placed in a situation where if one does not confess to their actions or beliefs, even if they are not true, there will be negative consequences. One would either confess truthfully or not, based the consequence and if they are willing to go through it for the greater good. This theme has been demonstrated through many ways such as in books, mainstream current media, and in the history of the United States. Negative consequences can influence whether or not one chooses to rightly, or falsely, confess as evidenced by characters in the Crucible by Arthur Miller, President Clinton confessing his affair after denying it, and finally, during the McCarthy era when politicians attempted to convince many Hollywood stars to falsely confess
The theme of survival means to live even if there are many difficult obstacles ahead you have to face such as extreme temperatures and family members dying/leaving you. In this book, Ji-Li Jiang (main character) has to live in China while Chairman Mao starts the ‘Cultural Revolution’. He changes the laws and rules which makes Ji-li’s life more difficult. Also, her dad is arrested, leaving her moderately depressed, and she doesn't have a chance to become as successful because of the new revolution (Ji-Li has a black family history). Ji-Li Jiang survived in challenging environments where there was the Red Guards and her family had to burn down pictures of “Four Old” clothing being worn.
In the 1950’s the cold war had begun. The fear of retaliation from communists was at large. Some Americans believed that communists were amongst them plotting. This lead to a dark time in history when American opportunity became limited for many. Most rights were limited, normal life was disrupted, and the most necessary human right may have been taken.
Mao Zedong v.s. Deng Xiaoping Mao Zedong, one of the most notable communist revolutionaries and the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, has played a significant role in the county’s evolution into a communist-led system. His philosophies along with the power he gained as Chairman of the communist party allowed his to exert great influence over the people of China throughout most of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Mao took the ideas of Marx’s communism and applied them to China (Mao Zedong Thought), favoring the peasants and the idea of a peasant revolution, rather than the industrial workers (China was not completely industrialized at the time). He believed the peasant class would be the driving force behind a communist takeover
Mao Zedong (1893-1976) September 9, 1976, Mao Zedong, the prominent figure of Chinese communism revolution and the founder of People’s Republic of China after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for a long period of time, passes away at the age of 82 in Beijing, China. In a small village of Shaoshan in Hunan province, Mao Zedong was born into a peasant family in December 26, 1893. From his early childhood, Mao experienced extremities related to his family’s economic status; working everyday in the field, unable to study, forced marriage, and others. In his teenage life, Mao left to Changsha for half a year of military service until 1912, and education in a Teacher’s training school. After, Mao worked in the University Library, encountering revolutionary idea and Marxism, and in 1921, he became the branch of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
After the Chinese Communist Party overthrow the ROC government and seized power in 1949. The CCP has created false history to depict ROC’s ruling as a period of an “Old Evil Society” in order to emphasize the CCP’s seizure power and the legitimacy of its ruling. However, recently Recently, we continue to see that the CCP positively redefined some of the historical legacy of the "evil society" and even make those become an important national propaganda campaign.
The Parallel Aspirations of Mao Zedong and the People The peasants of China were oppressed by their “superiors”, mainly their landlords, for years before Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) came into the light of society. China tried to free the impulses of the people while the Chinese Communist Party wanted to seek out a solution that allows for the party to keep in close touch with the people (Lecture 3/1). So why was the CCP so popular with the people of China? Well the chairman, Mao Zedong, made promises to the people that there would be benefits even the poorest peasants could profit from.