“When you walk into your memories, you are opening a door to the past; the road within has many branches, and the route is different every time.”
Excerpt From: Xinran. “The Good Women of China.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/YrWez.l
This book provides excellent, first-hand stories from different women in modern China. These women have both heartfelt and disturbing encounters with misogyny, and have bravely made the decision to share their stories with us. Each one of the stories in this book are true, but the names are hidden to protect the women.
Author Xinran introduces the book with Chapter 1: My Journey Towards the Stories of Chinese Women. In it, she mentions how her interest was first sparked by a letter from a young boy. He noticed that an older man from his village had purchased a very young wife - 12 years old, to be exact - and was pleading for her help. However, through her process of helping her, she noticed the nonchalant attitudes towards Chinese, and the injustice that they face every single day.
Recurring Issues of the Book
- Different accounts of rape
- Women not understanding "nervous" responses to men
- Young girls kidnapped, purchased as wives
Lack of Communication
Women were shamed for any visible forms of affection
- 19 year old who committed suicide
- Yulong, who was discharged from military academy
After to 1983
Prior to 1983
- Younger generations used new "openness" policy as a way to exploit sexuality for money
>> Personal secretaries/escorting
Expectations of a Mother
Very exciting read
Different perspective on the cultural impact of women
Do you think that the passage from Ch. 2 is similar to our way of thinking now?
Do you think capitalism might have played a role in her thoughts?