Ji Li Jiang was accused of exploitation by Du Hai and Yin Lan-lan due to the fact that her family has a housekeeper, takes pedicabs, and had “‘serious problems with her class standing’” (70). Daily, Ji Li and her younger sister and brother are victimized by their peers at school, due to the fact that their family was originally supported by a landlord, a career considered cruel to the working class. The Jiangs are put in the political spotlight consistently to illustrate the perspective of those who were affected by the bigotry of Maoism. Additionally, the destruction of unique thoughts was present in Ji Li’s struggle to blend in with the proletarian class. She consistently felt pressured to disown her own family and alter the lifestyle so familiar to her. At school, Ji Li was even encouraged to turn against her own father, later leading Ji Li to wonder if she should love her family. The attempts at destroying the sense of pride held for one’s family in order to embrace new ideologies truly showed toxicity of the cause Chairman Mao created. The wellbeing of those under the rule of Mao Ze-dong was at extreme risk, due to the conniving actions of those around
Even when Ji-li thought she was unintelligent, others saw she was wise. There were many moments when Ji-Li was reminded she was very smart. One day when the Liberation Army Dancer visited, Ji-Li told her dad that evening, “I [am] an Outstanding Student, an Excellent Young Pioneer, and even the da-dui-zhang, the student chairman of the whole school” (20). Explaining she was knowledgeable, through examples of her success, meant she knew that her political background would not get in her way of participating in the Cultural Revolution. A few years later, during the Cultural Revolution, Ji- Li was in junior high,
Choosing between what is moral and choosing what is right for the nation can be two quite different decisions. In the graphic novels, Boxer and Saints, Gene Luen Yang writes and illustrates the experiences that two different Chinese people have during the Boxer’s rebellion. In the Boxer’s novel, Bao is a leader of the Big Sword Society that will lead them to rebel against the foreigners who he believes is making China evil. Through the perspective of Bao, Gene Luen Yang questions should one be willing to put aside personal autonomy to defend their national identity.
In Amy Tan’s short story, Two Kinds, there are not just two kinds of conflict but many.. These include; American versus Chinese cultural differences, a parent’s wishes versus a child’s wants, and the pursuit of material success versus personal contentment. However, the most obvious is the conflict between Jing-mei and her unnamed mother’s personalities. Jing-mei is a young Chinese-American grade school girl with a modern independence. Her mother on the other hand, is a old-world Chinese immigrant who left everything behind in order to make a better life for herself and her only child. The author, Amy Tan, shows how they struggle to relate to each other, but also shows their good qualities in order to redeem these two characters in the end.
In the short story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, writes about a relationship between Jing-Mei and her mother, and how external conflict can be developed even through the discussion of success. Jing-Mei mother wants the best for her daughter; her mother states that America is a place for dreams to come true, basically the American Dream. Jing-Mei rejects and dislikes her mother opinions about becoming a prodigy of someone famous in life. Even though Jing-Mei mother already planned her future. Jing-Mei didn't see the big picture as well as her mother, she wanted something different. As a matter of fact she didn't want to become famous, her mother was trying to change her daughter, but all Jing-mei wanted was to be her natural self. Amy Tan demonstrate
In this paragraph, I will know highlight some examples of discrimination in this particular film. Discrimination is the imbalanced treatment of a person or a group of people based off of their sex, religion, race, culture, etc. There are many different types of discrimination in this movie but for this assignment, I will focus more on race. An example of discrimination is when Sandra Bullock and her politician husband are walking down the sidewalk together. Sandra notices two black men walking towards her and she gets nervous, and clutches her husband’s arm. Ludacris and Larenz Tate take it as a racial slight so they pull out their guns and steal the white couple’s car. This is called treating an individual based on social discrimination.
The story of Jung Chang’s parents shows that the lack of efficient institutions, the stratification of society, and plight of the common man made China vulnerable to nationalism. Through “Wild Swans” one sees that as the Chinese people became more empowered, nationalism became more favorable. Essentially, “Wild Swans” shows how and why Mao was able to influence the Chinese through nationalism. The story of Jung Chang’s parents is the medium through which Chang describes nationalism.
surrounding him. outside of how he was raised. A person may view the world and
During the 20th Century, communism was the main source of government in Russia. Ayn Rand opposed everything that Communists stood for. She believed in individualism and wanted to express her own thoughts. She based her book, Anthem, on her life in Russia and the struggles she endured. When she came to America she wanted to show people what life in Russia was actually like. She parallels her life to the life of her character named Equality. Throughout the book Equality and his love Liberty, have multiple names each representing how they progress from collectivism to objectivism. These names change from being standard names that represent a society that is based fully on the idea of collectivism towards names
Mao Zedong, China’s Communist leader at the time, launched the revolution in order to reassure his authority over the Chinese government. At this time, all citizens were supposed to be equal. Nonetheless, a portion of police officers did not treat every citizen equally. Mr. Chiu is a communist party member because of this, two police officers treat him unjustly. “Saboteur” is also a story of a newlywed couple. Who are on their honeymoon in Muji City. While having lunch, before heading back to their hometown Mr. Chiu notices two railroad policemen to the right of him who were laughing and drinking tea. Mr. Chiu begins to describe the police officers; the first officer is a stout middle-aged man. He describes the second officer to be tall, young, and with an athletic build. While Mr. Chiu and his wife are enjoying their lunch, the stout police officer stands up and throws hot tea on Mr. and Mrs. Chiu. “Mr. Chiu got to his feet and said out loud, Comrade policeman why did you do this” (Jin 469)? He is extremely angry and upset. The stout policeman acts as if he has no idea of what he did to Mr. and Mrs. Chiu. Mr. Chiu explains to the officer that he threw hot tea on his feet and on his wife. The officer tells Mr. Chiu he is lying and says “You wet your shoes yourself” (Jin 469). Mr. Chiu is unjustly arrested; the police officers tell him he is being arrested for being a saboteur. Afterwards, Mr. Chui catches a glimpse of Fenjin, a former student he had. Fenjin is sent by Mrs. Chui, as a rescuer to get Mr. Chui out of jail. Fenjin is tied up in the courtyard because of the actions of Mr. Chui, tying Fenjin in the courtyard is also unjustly because Fenjin is punished for something that he has not done. The actions of these two police officers are unjust, because they do not treat Mr. Chui or Fenjin equal, the way they would treat someone who is not a part of the communist
Mr Lin’s sister was Kathy Lin, Mr Xie’s wife (Bibby and Hall, 2014). The assailant and the murder victims had family connection of which Mr Lin was Mr Xie’s brother-in-law, the accused had a strong dislike towards the victim Mr Lin and his family, since he would continuously be compared to his more successful brother-in-law, “Mr Xie was heard saying to a prisoner at Sydney's Long Bay Jail that dishonour in the Chinese culture inclines ‘loss of face’ ” (Tedeschi, 2015). Financially, Mr Lin had been said to be triumphant contrasting to Mr Xie who at the time did not have a job for four consecutive
“Two Kinds,” by Amy Tan, essentially revolves around the struggle of Jing Mei and her constant conflict with her mother. Throughout her life, she is forced into living a life that is not hers, but rather her mom’s vision of a perfect child; because her mother lost everything, which included her parents and kids, so her only hope was through Jing Mei. Jing Mei’s mom watches TV shows such as the Ed Sullivan Show, which gives her inspiration that her daughter should be like the people and actors. First her mom saw how on the television a three-year-old boy can name all the capitals of the states and foreign countries and would even pronounce it correctly. Her mom would quiz Jing Mei on capitals of certain places, only to discover that she would
Fengxia being taken away from Youqing reflects on the ways in which authority can be wrong, and trust can be destructive. Fugui and Jiazhen are adamant that giving away Fengxia is what is best for Youqing, and even for their daughter. This is similar to how Mao claimed that communism was for the good of the people, even though some people spoke out against this. Youqing voices his opinion after Fugui explains to him that “[they have] given Fengxia away to somebody else to save money so he could go to school . . . he [screams] through his tears, ‘I’m not going to school, I want Sis!’” (Yu 92). This serves as a reflection of China under
Ray Huang contends, in 1587: The Year of No Significance, that the year of 1587 of the Ming Dynasty is significant for linking the past history of China and the future events of it (Huang 1). Huang exemplifies the importance of how the many failures of adapting and innovating by members of the government were led up to and realized in this year, along with their future effects on China (221). Altogether, Huang advocates for the noteworthiness of 1587 as a connecting point of Chinese history.
Mao Zedong was a Chinese communist leader and is the founder of the People’s Republic of China. Mao was born on the 26th of December 1893 into a poor peasant family in Shaoshan, in Hunan province, which is a province in central China. After becoming a founding member of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921, Mao has greatly influenced and shaped China into what it is today. He is regarded as one of the most controversial leaders of the twentieth century as a result of the widespread impacts and hardships that the Chinese people had to endure as a result of his policies and reformations. Firstly, the impacts and effects of the Great Leap Forward, which turned out to be a disaster, killing between 20-40 million people and ironically sending China backwards. Secondly, the Cultural Revolution and the chaos and disaster this had on the Chinese population, especially through the “Down to the Countryside movement” and finally, the Cult of Mao and what the idolisation and glorification of Mao meant for the future of China.