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Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li JiangWhat to say about this...sometimes I have to resist the urge to review every book that I read. Then I think about the fact that I didnt review it, and I think, Oh, just review it. Say something. Say anything. Not that people are just waiting to read what I and everyone else thought of it, but I feel that I should at least say something about it. After all, people do search for books to read and all the reviews pop up underneath them, so if they are interested enough to click on this book, they are likely interested enough to read what people said about it.
The reason that I picked up this book in the first place was because I wanted to read more about the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and it was suggested to me by a friend of a friend. She knew I was looking for more general information rather than one person’s account, but she suggested it because there is not much literature out there about that period of China’s history.
Here are some random thoughts:
The book was very YA, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for.
The intensity with which the people in Shanghai, where Jiang lived, jumped on the bandwagon of abolishing the “Four Olds” was terrifying. With a few well-turned phrases, it was very easy for people to argue that something was “Four Olds”. As a consequence, almost anything could, and was, considered as such. In particular, the kids Jiang’s age were frenzied in their judgments both in school and around town.
In school, families such as Jiang’s that were unlucky enough to be considered “black” rather than “red” had it the worst. They were ridiculed, they got into fights, and their belongings were taken by other children. They were denied many opportunities, which included admission to schools they might have otherwise attended.
At home, the Red Guard came in and destroyed where they lived while looking for items that were considered “Four Olds”. Before they arrived, Jiang’s family burned photos and clothing, repainted furniture, but still the Red Guard found and confiscated many of their belongings.
All in all, I enjoyed reading about Ji-Li Jiang’s transformation from a young woman blindly following Chairman Mao’s edicts, to first questioning the Revolution when her family was affected, and ultimately opposing it and leaving China to move to the United States.
Yes, the havoc that the Chinese Cultural Revolution wrought on families was frightening. Yes, it was terrible what happened to Jiang and her family, but I wonder what kind of person she would have become had she been part of one of the lucky “red” families. I wonder if there would have been a memoir at all.
Hero's Documentar: Ji-LiJiang by Chris
JIANG, Ji-li 1954-
Ji-li Jiang Jiang Ji-li born February 2, is an author. She grew up and lived in Shanghai , China in a large apartment with her family. Jiang lived in a large apartment with a large bathroom. At this period of time, many other people did not have large apartments such as hers, classifying her as part of the upper class during the Cultural Revolution. During this time period, she lived with her father Jiang Xi-reng , her mother Ying-Chen, her brother Ji-yong, her sister Ji-yun and her grandmother for a very short period of time. Her housekeeper, Song Po-po, also lived with them. Jiang was a star student until , when Chairman Mao started the Cultural Revolution.
A talented girl with a seemingly bright future, Jiang embraced the revolutionary ideals of her day, until the movement degenerated into a witch hunt for anyone "tainted" by capitalism. Because Jiang's paternal grandfather was a wealthy landowner, her entire family faced severe persecution. Roger Sutton, reviewing the work for Horn Book, called Red Scarf Girl "a rare personal glimpse of the upheaval China suffered during the s" and added that "the child's point of view is firmly maintained" and the "conflict between political and family expectations is well portrayed. In the Magical Monkey King: Mischief in Heaven, Jiang retells a classic Chinese trickster story about a monkey who, part Earth and part Heaven, finds a new home for his threatened family while attempting to trick Jade Emperor and other powerful creatures. In Kirkus Reviews a contributor noted, "Clever, arrogant, far longer on appetite than attention span, Monkey makes an engaging antihero whose acquaintance young readers. Raised in a creative and affluent household, Jiang once commented: "When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being an actress. During the Cultural Revolution, although my talent was praised, I was turned down again and again for professional art troupes because of my family's political background.
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