May fourth Feminism movement was the first feminist movement in china. This movement constituted of mostly males who were activists and reformers that were enthused with the idea of women liberation. They wanted to bring change to Chinese society and make China a stronger nation. Hence, they concluded that the source of China’s weakness and problems lie in the Chinese family structure. These women were illiterate and had bound feet which prevented them from reproducing or even raise their family, .
For example, in China, Suyuan hoped for a better life for her next daughter, June. She believed that June could do whatever she wanted to do as long as she set her mind to it. However, June doesn’t have the same blind faith that her mother does in the American Dream. We can see the visible disconnect this produces between the two of them in piano lessons, college, and even Suyuan’s death. It tears them apart and creates such a wall between them that June says that she doesn’t even know what her mother was like.
Chang gives the story rather a happy ending, Fan Liuyuan is able to marry the woman he loves, and Liusu gets remarried, she gains back her social status. However, many scholars question that if wealth and social status are all Liusu desires. She achieves what the society expects of her, but maybe this is not what she desires in her deepest heart. "The disparity between social expectations and hidden personal desires ultimately leads to her frustration, indirectly highlighting the oppressed situation of women in China" (Louie 44). Overall, Liusu gains what society expects of her at the end of the novella, however, that leads to
The mother’s traditional views are that daughters should be obedient. She wants her daughter to have a Chinese character in American circumstances. Language is also an issue in both novels. Linguistic barriers have triggered many misunderstandings between the mothers and daughters in The Joy Luck Club. Furthermore, the language in Dreams of Joy becomes necessary if not lifesaving.
It is usually a women’s attire and they are willing to suffer for the sake of beauty. According to Comer (2016) foot binding is the process of applying painfully tight binding to the feet of tender young girls to prevent further growth. This practice originated among the upper-class court dancers during the Imperial China. It gradually spread and became common but the lowest classes. Foot binding became popular as means of displaying status, women from wealthy families who were not required to work who could also afford feet bound.
Particularly, Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl, plays the role of Blair who is on the hunt to gain her fairytale wedding. Her character represents a person who is bad with romance, but in the end marries rich and gets her fairytale ending. Using Leighton as the spokesperson for this advertisement gains favor with teenage girls who see her as their role model, hoping they can have that fanciful love she did. Not only that, being the age she was, and her youthful appearance garners more attention as this ad was placed in the Cosmopolitan which mostly targets women who want fashion, celebrity news, and dating
It is primarily because most Chinese people do not share the same standards of beauty. Japanese people of all ages adore kawaii girls. However, Chinese people generally appreciate the Korean groups more as they favor girls with a curvaceous figure, so only the mature and sexy members who do not act cute match their aesthetics. They find it acceptable for Japanese girls to be kawaii, but not for Chinese girls. Another reason is that Chinese females prioritize education over stardom, especially at young age.
It took people hours to make Cinderella’s silk organza wedding dress. Unlike Cinders’ ball gown only one wedding dress was made. For Cate Blanchett’s wicked stepmother costumes designer Sandy Powell took inspiration from s photos of movie stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford. Powell used a strong jewel-tone colour palette and a lot of black for the stepmother’s clothes to give her a sharp edge in spite of her beauty. And she gave the stepmother and her daughters so many incredible outfits to emphasis the fact that they were spending all the money left by Cinderella’s father on their own clothes.
Week 3: Sacred Goddess: Ideas about Femininity China is an appearance driven society where heavy emphasis is placed on a woman’s aesthetics and femininity rather than their talents and achievements. (Chan & Cheng, 2011) Women are constantly under pressure by their peers, family and society to chase the ideal standards of physical beauty. This has caused the beauty economy in China also known as “mei nü jing ji”, to thrive (Zhang, 2012). Many take radical measures to “fix” physical qualities that are deemed flaws. Some characteristics that are associated with femininity and are extremely sought after China include fair skin, big, bright eyes, and a small and delicate soft nose.
The ways she challenge gender tasks is seen through her efforts to cover her as a man. Mulan thus shows those who face the argument between how they want to act, and how women are supposed to behave keeping in mind the society’s principles and expectations. Usually it comes to mind that women are weak and cannot bring honor to her families by physical strength and they should bear sons, but Mulan proved this wrong by saving all of China. Women can be as powerful as any man; therefore