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The Life of an Early 20th Century Chinese Gentry Household in Pa Chin's Novel Family
Family Pa Chin’s novel Family does a good job of characterizing the life of an early 20th century Chinese gentry household. In this portrayal, Chin includes countless examples of the family ties and ceremonial duties associated with being part of this type of household. Although some of the characteristics of this story co...
Growing up of Moon Shadow in Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
As Moon Shadow matures and ages throughout the book, he handles and deals problems differently, not to mention he also acts and thinks differently. As he gets more use to this kind of community where everyone works together to work out problems, he speaks for himself. He also ends up thinking differently, and started from j...
My Favourite Parts in Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
Although this is one of the earlier parts, I liked when Black Dog got so addicted to Heroin he started robbing. It seemed to add tension at a point I didn’t expect. Especially when Black Dog robbed and hurt Moon Shadow, I didn’t expect Windrider to be totally unaware of the consequences and beat Black Dog up. Of course, he...
China's Educational Obstacles and Families' Sacrifices in Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon by Young Zhao
THQ #1 In the Introduction to Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon, Young Zhao explains China’s educational obstacles and families sacrifices they have to overcome for their children to achieve life fulfilling goals. He also explains to us why some Westerners have admired China’s education systems over the years. I believe...
The Impact of the People on the Margins of Society on Our Reflection on Society in Lu Xun's The True Story of Ah Q
For this unit’s mini-project, I will use Lu Xun’s, The True Story of Ah Q to answer one of the questions we considered at the beginning of this unit. Specifically, how people who are on the margins of society help us reflect on that society. In Ah Q’s story, the psychologically-troubled man gets into situations that spit...
Fugui's Fate in To Live, a Novel by Yu Hua
Much like ones soul or Santa Claus, fate is not something tangible, instead all it requires is ones belief for its own survival. The tricky part about fate lies in its unfair nature that seems to strike people. To believe that everyone’s life is set out before them and nothing can change it is not always easy, especially wh...
The Factors Contributing to the Rise of Chinese Popular Literature
During the 20th century, the Chinese masses ideology of what was popular culture changed rapidly from gu, the past, to jin, the present. The education of the Chinese masses was at the forefront of Chinese popular culture and modernity. Through modernity, the idea of “new literature” arose. The push for “new literature” led...
The Mistreatment of Women as the Inferior Gender Throughout History and in Chinese Literature
It is no question that throughout history women have been treated as the inferior gender. This is no exception to China as shown in many works of Chinese literature. It is not just in works of literature, but was also a popular idea at that time. Despite their unjust treatment, women have always fought back in their own way...
XinDezhi's Experience of Conflict Between Confucian and Capitalist Ideologies in the Short Story An Old and Established Name by Lao She
With the advent of the 20th century, China began the transition away from its traditionally rich past and entered in modernity. However, this shift brought the ideas of the new and old ages into direct conflict, as both clashed to determine the future of Chinese culture. In his short story An Old and Established Name, publi...
The Repudiation of Tradition Through the Mind of a Madman in China
The Repudiation of Tradition through the Mind of a “Madman” The early 20th century in China was an era rife with political turmoil after the collapse of Qing order due to a variety of causes both inherent in the dynastic system and from the influences of foreign powers. Lu Hsu was one among a school of writers who emerged...
Folk Novel Monkey by Wu Ch'eng-en
Monkey as a Chinese Icon Wu Ch’êng-ên’s folk novel Monkey is an iconic piece of literature in Sino-Japanese cultural tradition, persisting in prominence from its literary nascence in the 16th century and well into the modern era of China, and subsequently the rest of the world through the diaspora of Chinese intellectual t...
A Book Critique of Victor Conrui's "Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty"
Book Critique Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty is a monograph compiled and written by Victor Conrui Xiong who is a Professor of History at Western Michigan University. In his work the author argues the importance of Emperor Yangdi during his short rein to the the Sui Dynasty, generations o...
A Review of the Poem "In the Woods There Is a Dead Doe"
The Death of The Doe One of the most powerful and captivating pomes from The Book of Songs is In the Woods there is a Dead Doe. This poem along with its dark themes not only tells a story, but also engages the reader. Love, death, betrayal and conflict are all present in this poem. Skillfully pared with a natural backgroun...