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Red Scarf Girl
by Ji-li Jiang
by Ji-li Jiang
I first read this book in middle school because it was on the Battle of the Books reading list. Prior to reading the book, I thought the Cultural Revolution referred to some clothing movement (sadly this is also a common misconception amongst Chinese youth). I devoured the book. Keep in mind that this really is a young adult novel and not as deep as most other books about individuals or families living through the Cultural Revolution. The author was a young teenager at the start of the movement so the perspective is that of a young teenager. She tells the story of how the Cultural Revolution unfolded and how it affected her own life. She wanted to be a patriotic citizen and thus blindly supported everything as long as she could before realizing after quite some time that things were not what they seemed. When I read it, I thought it was a heart wrenching story of a girl's once promising life gradually reduced to a tragic state of living. In the end, I found it to be uplifting because she showed how she overcame the experiences and moved on with her life. But I also found it saddening how little what she lived through meant to those living in China now. A testament to the adage, "history is written by the victors." I would recommend this book with the understanding that it is not an adult novel so don't expect one.
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