Some of Us: Chinese Women Growing Up in the Mao Era / Edition 1

Some of Us: Chinese Women Growing Up in the Mao Era / Edition 1

by Xueping Zhong
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813529697

ISBN-13: 9780813529691

Pub. Date: 08/01/2001

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

What does it mean to have grown up female in the Mao era? How can the remembered details of everyday life help shed light upon those turbulent times?

Some of Us is a collection of memoirs by nine Chinese women who grew up during the Mao era. All hail from urban backgrounds and all have obtained their Ph.D.s in the United States; thus, their memories are

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What does it mean to have grown up female in the Mao era? How can the remembered details of everyday life help shed light upon those turbulent times?

Some of Us is a collection of memoirs by nine Chinese women who grew up during the Mao era. All hail from urban backgrounds and all have obtained their Ph.D.s in the United States; thus, their memories are informed by intellectual training and insights that only distance can allow. Each of the chapters—arranged by the age of the author—is crafted by a writer who reflects back to that time in a more nuanced manner than has been possible for Western observers. The authors attend to gender in a way that male writers have barely noticed and reflect on their lives in the United States.

The issues explored here are as varied as these women’s lives: The burgeoning rebellion of a young girl in northeast China. A girl’s struggles to obtain for herself the education her parents inspired her to attain. An exploration of gender and identity as experienced by two sisters.

Some of Us offers insight into a place and time when life was much more complex than Westerners have allowed. These eloquent writings shatter our stereotypes of persecution, repression, victims, and victimizers. Together, these multi-faceted memoirs offer the reader new perspectives as they daringly explore difficult—and fascinating—issues.

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813529691
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,012,455
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Chronology
Acknowledgments
Introduction
In a World Together Yet Apart: Urban and Rural Women Coming of Age in the Seventies1
Call Me "Qingnian" But not "Funu": A Maoist Youth in Retrospect27
From "Lighthouse" to the Northeast Wilderness: Growing Up Among the Ordinary Stars53
My Wandering Years in the Cultural Revolution: The Interplay of Political Discourse and Personal Articulation77
"Times have Changed; Men and Women are the Same"100
Gender Consciousness in my Teen Years120
Between "Lixiang" and Childhood Dreams: Back from the Future to the Nearly Forgotten Yesteryears132
The Production of Senses In and Out of the "Everlasting Auspicious Lane": Shanghai, 1966-1976155
Congratulations, it's a Girl!: Gender and Identity in Mao's China179
About the Contributors199
Index203

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