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    The Empress Who Changed China: Empress Dowager Cixi was born into the ruling Manchu Minority, as a rather ordinary Chinese girl named Yehenara on November 29th, 1835. At age 16, she was brought to the Forbidden City to join Emperor Xianfeng's harem of concubines. Yehenara “rose to the top of the concubine ranks when the emperor overheard her singing and asked to see her.”1 Yenahara quickly became part of the nightly roster of chosen concubines who visited Xianfeng's bed-chamber, and bore his son

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    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

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    1. Introduction The life of Empress Dowager Cixi is an enigma, shrouded with mystery and rumors. Her life was not “filled with Florentine intrigues and Viennese frivolity, because the truth is melancholy...” (Seagrave 52), she was oppressed even though she held the kingdom’s power. The past hundred y2ears of history have been largely unfair to Cixi, having been labelled as a devious despot who used much of the kingdom’s money for her own self-indulgence. The Imperial Woman is often blamed for the

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    organization called the Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists they then became known as the Boxers. The campaign against Dowager Empress’s rule was called the Boxer Rebellion. Spring of 1900, the Boxers started making their way towards Beijing, shouting; “Death to the foreign devils.” They surrounded the European part of the city and kept it under siege for months. The Empress supported the Boxers actions, but did not back it up with military aid. Then in August, a force of 19 thousand men marched

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    Kim Sa-Ryang's Tenma

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    “Tenma” tells a story about a young Korean man named Genryu who is profoundly influenced by Japanese assimilation policy during Japanese colonial. In the story, he acts sycophantic to the Japanese while demonstrates disparaging attitude toward the Korean, which reveals his intermediate position between two ethical groups. Genryu desires to emulate Japanese colonizers; however, he can never be equal like Japanese colonizers because Japanese colonizers only consider him as a tool to assimilate other

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    The Last Empress Essay

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    Vare’s book. “The Last Empress.” She soon was pregnant was his son and earned her title as, “empress of the western palace.” Also known as Cixi. Her husband, the emperor had died in 1861 so his 5 year old son took over and became the

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    Fall Of Empress Cixi

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    was the lack modernisation. When Empress Cixi came into power she failed to develop the out-dated dynasty because of her conservative ideologies and she made every attempt to destroy those who did advocate for change. Her ruthless response to the self-strengthening movement and 100 days of reform program were clear indications of her disapproval towards modernisation. The dynasty’s unnecessary involvement in the Boxers rebellion further crippled the state. The Empress was a corrupt, conservative and

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    Women & Power in Imperial China Women rulers during Imperial China were extremely rare. The major belief and assumption of women and power was that women and political power were not a very good mix. If and when women did rule, it was a sign of male weakness, and considered to be political ploy in politics. It was very difficult for women because they were rejected from heaven due to the fact that rule by women was not natural. Confucian views on women rulers were not positive, considering

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    their own process of modernisation, agreed with the pro-reform factions, asserting that the line between individual ethics and social ethics must be drawn in a modern China10. Cixi eventually grew disdain for western powers and allied with the anti-western and xenophobic Boxer Rebellion. The defeat of China and Empress Dowager and the slow decline of state capacity, blockaded Chinas progressive advancement towards modernity11

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    In the short story "The Monkey's Paw", Mr. White, Mrs. White, and Herbert were all affected by the emotion greed. In the beginning, Herbert was a selfless boy that worked to support his parents. After the heard about the monkey paw, however, he turns into more of a wealth loving character. He finds out about the wishes and almost immediately starts talking about being "rich and famous and happy", he also told his father to wish to be emperor. This, in my opinion, is a bit greedy. He starts wanting

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    Essay 1 Appearances of leaders mark the end of non-hierarchical primitive society and demonstrate how different social classes form as the timeline moves forward. Once the leader realizes his superiority over the rest of population, he need something to emphasize his unique status. The initial change is his house and it gradually converts into majestic buildings that we usually call palaces now. Emperors construct and design these palaces in different purposes. They are not only beautiful

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    Cixi was born (Lan Kueu) in 1835, to one of the most well known and oldest Machu families, . At age 18 she was elevated to the status of concubine. During 1852, at 16 years old, she was chosen to become one of the concubines for the 21 year old Emperor Xianfeng. Ci Xi significance in the boxer rebellion has been debated by many historians. The traditional interpretations were based on contemporary Western views the focused mainly on the negatives of Ci Xi. She has been portrayed as a Dragon Lady

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    In 1900 a Chinese secret society, Harmonious fists, rose up with the encouragement of the Empress Dowager Cixi and attacked foreigners and their establishments. This society is known as the Boxer Rebellion. Chinese response to foreign interference and christianizing efforts resulted in the Boxer Rebellion. The attempt to regain control over their country made conditions even worse when Europe and America put down the rebellion. Foot binding was for young women in the 18th century up into the mid

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    Taiping Rebellion Essay

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    CCCH9006 China’s Modernisation In The East Asian Context Discuss the implications of these events on China’s modernisation process. - Taiping Rebellion - 1911 Revolution Wu Tien-hsuan 2013500516 Tutorial Group: Tuesday 13:30-14:20   In the modern world, China is only second to the U.S.A. in economic scale. According to the World Bank (2014), the GDP of China has risen from 8.227 trillion USD (2012) to 9.24 trillion USD (2013). The process China has been through to reach such a high economic

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    Ah Q Movie Essay

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    The Last Emperor, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci made the movie in the late 1980s, in 1987. The movie is about a young boy by the name of Pu Yi becoming emperor at the age of three from the previous empress, Empress Dowager Cixi. She told the two and a half year old Pu Yi that he would be the next emperor after the previous one had died earlier that day. This starts to take take place in the year of 1908 when he was brought to the Forbidden City. While in the book The True Story of Ah Q by Lu Xun

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    Europe and Asia became increasingly connected through the exchange of commodities with the opening of sea routes and the expansion of international trade in the 18oos. Yet this did not lead to any process of globalization of industrialization or the creation of a global economy with all its parts having an equal share of the economic pie. Instead the vast regions of Asia and Africa became colonial hinterlands, useful as a source of raw materials for the European countries and as a ready market

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    to be a gang member to infiltrate a local gang of bandits. He does so to help the main communist part destroy the gang of bandits. During the Qing Dynasty period, which lasted from 1644 to 1911, the rulers enjoyed opera. Rulers, such as Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) were connoisseurs of Peking Opera. At the end of 18th century, operatic singing in China had become widely popular and developed several systems (Xu Chengbei). Some of the

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