In “White Tigers,” Kingston tells her own version of a popular Chinese ballad, “Fa Mu Lan,” while incorporating her own reality back into the section. In her literary criticism, “Empowerment Through Mythological Imaginings in “Woman Warrior”,” Sue Ann Johnston comments on Kingston’s use of myths in the memoir, and believes that myths are Kingston’s most effective means of conveying messages to readers. Although these myths are effective, Johnston overlooks Kingston’s incorporation of these myths back into her own life. As demonstrated in “White Tigers,” Maxine Hong Kingston reveals that a woman warrior requires strength, dedication, independence, and confidence through her mother’s talk-stories and personal struggles during her life. At the opening of “White Tigers,” Kingston vividly describes the importance of storytelling to girls in the Chinese community.
During the Tang dynasty in ancient China Empress Wu was a very controversial leader. There were many things that Wu did well to stabilize China when it was struggling. But, others thought that she was a terrible ruler for reasons such as her history as a concubine. Although many think that she was a terrible leader, the fact that she listened to others and governed with great efficiency outweigh them. Empress Wu was a successful leader because she stabilized the Tang dynasty when it was struggling.
Women in the Song Dynasty This part will evoke women’s life and rights in the Northern Song Dynasty. The Song Dynasty is often seen as the start of the decline of women status in the Chinese society: a revival of Confucianism led women political role to be reduced, as well as their public appearance compared to Tang Dynasty. The practice of foot binding also started in the Song Dynasty. However, women also enjoyed new and reinforced property rights, and social mobility and political influence were not completely impossible to achieve. Indeed, there are several examples of some lower class women managing to get considerable power by providing pleasure to the higher spheres of the Imperial Court.
Through many hardships and life-changing experiences, Esperanza slowly blossoms from an innocent child into a mature young woman. Some of the major ethnic elements that greatly impact the story are the culture, mindset, and tradition of her people when concerning women. For example, in the story, many girls who Esperanza shares a close bond to currently lead lives of solitude and oppression. Because of this, Esperanza feels as if she needs to break free from her heritage. In the chapter "My Name", she mentions "the Chinese, like the Mexicans, don't want their women strong.
The Demonization of Empress Dowager Cixi Empress Dowager Cixi effectively ruled over the Qing Dynasty (modern day China) for 47 years, from 1861 until her death in 1908. In a time when the Celestial Empire was crumbling, she pulled the strings of her puppet emperors and held it together as best she could but has been made a scapegoat by historians for matters that were out of her control. Republicans have also used the Empress Dowager as a scapegoat to discredit the dynasty after its fall. In reality, the Empress Dowager had many successes during her reign; China had its first victory in modern diplomacy at the Treaty of Saint Petersburg in 1881, modernisation of the Imperial Army and founding a national naval force, she set out a plan to combat
By virtue of the excellence of her work, the originality of her treatment of traditional subjects and the number of her paintings that have survived, Artemisia Gentileschi was the most important woman painter of Early Modern Europe. She was both, disdained and praised by contemporary critical opinion, recognized as having genius, but also seen as monstrous, for she was a woman exercising a creative talent thought to be exclusively male. She ‘’ has suffered a scholarly neglect that is almost unthinkable for an artist of her caliber’’ (Mary D. Garrard). Artemisia Gentileschi was born in Rome on July, 8th, 1593. as the eldest child of the Tuscan painter Orazio Gentileschi and Prudentia Monotone Gentileschi. Her mother died when she was twelve.
From my perspective, I believe the chapter “White Tigers” was fictional. I think the author included this fictional element in her memoir to make a statement in regards to the readers and the traditional Chinese culture. As written in the chapter, Maxine Hong Kingston took on the role of Fa Mu Lan. She used this lifestyle filled with myth and magic to exhibit what she was taught a woman warrior was to be. It created a sense of reality for Kingston even though she wasn’t Fa Mu Lan.
Similar to Odysseus and Achilles of the Homeric Epics, Fa Mu Lan symbolizes the highest valued traits of her respective culture, namely bravery, leadership, courageousness, and even, mercy, despite ruthlessness towards one’s enemies. Whether Fa Mu Lan truly embodies her culture though, unlike the Greek warriors, is ambiguous. Though Mu Lan clearly represents the prized traits of Chinese culture, as a woman it is uncertain whether she truly represents them within the context of said culture. As Kingston describes it “There is a Chinese word for the female I-which is slave” (Kingston, 36). In Chinese culture, as Kingston demonstrates with this quote, women are expected to be subservient and meek, quite the opposite of Fa Mu Lan.
In the conclusion, I am satisfied with the ending of “Ying-ying’s story”; First of all, this end indicates the awakening of feminism in Tang Dynasty. It related to the social background, which took place in the mid-Tang Dynasty, Tang Dynasty is the most prosperous and open dynasty. In this open-minded atmosphere, the feminist consciousness awakened and underlined. Ying-ying was different from other women images in previous traditional Chinese literature; she pursues her own love and devotes herself to her true love, which represented the sense of feminism. Her love helped her to break the yoke of Confucian thought and pursue their love even at the cost of dedicated women’s most precious
Adversity in “The Intouchables” “My true disability is not having to be in a wheel chair. It’s having to be without her.” (The Intouchables). Lines like that are just a piece of the great undertaking directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano took when they decided to be part of The Intouchables. Adapted from real-life events, this French biography was applauded for succeeding in painting a touching and resonating picture of the events that led to the birth of a strong relationship between the two protagonists, Driss and Philippe. Winning multiple awards, this movie has achieved the status of being one of the greatest French movies ever made.
This paragraph from the article interests me because it shows the power and influence of the west onto China, and how that affects the people into being consumed by the advertisements they see everyday. In my opinion, it is true that Western models are considered superior and better looking even in today 's society all around the world. For example, in the passage Johansson states: “In discussing ads with young women in Beijing and Guangzhou they sporadically referred to the Western models in the ads as 'hao piaoliang’ (real pretty) or 'zhen meilide’ (so beautiful), and explained that the large number of Caucasian models as a simple matter of them being beautiful” (Johansson 381). Through growing up and definitely being influenced by mass media, if I were to be asked to
A mother-daughter relationship is one of the most fragile relationships to exist. By saying or doing one thing, the relationship between a mother and her daughter can be changed forever. Chinese-American writers Amy Chua, in Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom, and Amy Tan, in The Joy Luck Club, both portray mother-daughter relationships where the mother just wants her daughter to succeed. Although the mothers want the same outcome, they have different methods of achieving them. While both writers are expressing a relationship between a mother and a daughter where the mother simply wants what is best, Amy Chua’s relationship with her daughter is stressful yet caring, proved by an irritable and calm tone, but Amy Tan’s relationship with her mother
The writer Qiu Jin was telling story of a girl who experienced a Chinese woman’s life through the period of feudal China to the semi-colonialism China. The girl’s name is Jurui, and she experienced every unfair torment that the old society imposed on girls and women. Although Jurui was unhappy and even angry about the way she was treated, she could not do anything to help herself until she read some readings describing how western women were respected and educated outside of China. After secret talks with a few of her friends who had same ambitions with her, they fled to Japan together for an education and planned to come back to free the women and the nation. If Jurui had been born some decades before, she wouldn’t have a chance to be enlightened