Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good! very touching moments as i reached into china's culture Reccomended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who loves heart-wrenching books wil definitely love this book! It was amazing and I fell so srry for Jiang Ji Li. I was so clse to crying. She inspires me to never give up no matter how bad things may seem and tat if the whole world stops loving u your family will always love u no matter what.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book exspresses how china got rid of all the four olds witch came to be a hard task for china and how having little money was a good thing and the strugle of a little girls fight against the Chinise government. She is trying hard to keep her family from falling apart. This is a great book that I think every one should read!As you read you feel the same way the little girl feels and you see it like your are standing there watching it happen into history!! I really recomend this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just met ji li she is very nice and has many bad memories about this horribel time it is kind of like our 9/11 ps her dad is famos in rush hour 3 n 201 + many more wonderful grate book i hilghy sugjest it 4 u
CaitlinMD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I had known about Communist China. But to see it thourgh the eyes of someone my age really moved me.I would say it' s for ages 9 plus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was FABULOUS! I am 11 years old and this book was the most educational book i've ever read!! I read it during school, and if i haven't learned about the Cultural Revolution and still read this book, it wouldn't of made a difference!!! It made me have mixed emotions; Happy, sad, and suprized. It is sad at some points, happy at other points....
RenWright More than 1 year ago
The Red Revolution The Red Scarf Girl by Ji Li Jiang, is a memoir of how Mao’s reign affected families in China. The story begins with Mao’s revolution. This revolution required Chinese families to get rid of the 4-Olds which were old ideas, old culture, old customs, and old habits. The memoir is about Ji Li who was at the top of her class, had a pretty wealthy family, and lots of friends. But since Ji Li’s grandpa was a landlord her family suffered punishment and horrid name calling. Landlords, wealthy people, teachers, monks and capitalists were seen as Anti-Revolutionists and were greatly punished. The theme in the The Red Scarf Girl is revolution and oppression. The Cultural Revolution meant a huge change for China. When the 4-Olds and 4-News were established in China, China was changed. All schools, including colleges, were closed so students could focus on the revolution. The revolution included tearing down old signs, and old buildings, and replacing them with the 4 News. Mao oppressed the Chinese people to the point of brainwashing them. Ji Li described him in the epilogue, “To us Chairman Mao was God. He controlled everything we read, everything we heard, and everything we learned we learned, in school. We believed everything he said. Anything bad was the fault of others. Mao was blameless.” It was not until Mao died in 1976 that all the people of China woke up. They realized Mao wasn’t a God and realized all the wrong that was done. “The most frightening lesson of the Cultural Revolution: Without a sound legal system, a small group or even a single person can take control of an entire country. This is as true now as it was then,” Ji Li said in the epilogue. This book not only tells the reader about the Cultural Revolution but it also takes the reader through the struggles. There are many books about history and struggle but The Red Scarf Girl is one of the few that makes you feel like you were there. This book is very vivid and intriguing . It tells you about the harsh reality many people in China had to face. I would definitely give this book a 10/10. I really enjoyed all the stories Ji Li shared throughout the book. Although many of these stories brought pain to my heart, I enjoyed hearing her point of view. It's important to learn about history but it is especially important to hear from the people who actually lived through that history. I loved this book but it was hard to read all the abuse Ji Li and her family received. If you enjoy reading personal stories in history then the The Red Scarf Girl is for you. I would also recommend, Anne Frank, A Diary of a Young Girl. Its another great book full of historical experiences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book discusses what societies in China were like, focusing on one particular family and their difficulties during the Cultural Revolution. Ji-Li Jiang was a twelve years old when the revolution first started. Being a sixth grader, she was not sure what exactly was happening. After Mao Zedong started the Cultural Revolution, their family was in fear of everyone and everything. At times, the Red Guard would come in and tear apart the entire house looking for things they could not have. When her father was detained, life got even harder for her and her family, but they made it through. I enjoyed this book and learning about the Cultural Revolution. I found it was an easy read, but full of new information I didn't know before. I was surprised to read about the Red Guard and what they did to everyone that was of a lower power to them. One thing I didn't like was the lack of information in the beginning, but I caught up after a few chapters. I found that discrimination was brought up a lot against social classes and background information. I would suggest this book to people that enjoy learning about history, in an easy read. Also, to ones that enjoy adventurous books, with some depressing parts as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was mean to me i had to read it for school and i no understand anythung and it made me want to die
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book about what a real person went through during the cultural revalution if you had a bad family history. All in all it was great
Trishul More than 1 year ago
Touching, gives a feel about what happened during the Cultural Revolution through the eyes of a kid who is part of a black family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cries
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beggining of this book was pretyy good . It was intersting but it got boring at the middle and end. There was nothing distinct happening at the end.
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A very good book I loved it
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It was a gret book!it was a well written book when we read this book in 6th grade! Eventhough it wad kind of boring in the beginning. It was great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great book if you want to lean about the history of china's politics
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was very touching to me because it told of how a girl my age stood up. It also is a great documentary of the cultutral revolution in chhina.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ji li is a young girl in elementry school who suceeds in school but is teased becaue of her family status. This is during the coltural revolution in china. She us soooooooo loyal. Ji li is tild that she forget er family status and either follow in her parents footsteps and probably not suceed or follow chariman mao. She faces a hard decision. This autobiography is very detaild and abiut 170 pages for me. Ji li is sweet kind brave and string. BUY THE DAMN BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imagine having to stay with your family through thick and thin, rooting for them no matter what. As crazy as it  sounds, that is just what Ji-li Jiang did in her memoir, Red Scarf Girl (the one this review is for). This mildly exciting account takes place during the Chinese Revolution, in China, obviously. Ji-li has everything going for  her at the beginning of the story. She is smart and talented, and she thinks she might even be recruited into the  Revolution’s group. Everything changes when she finds out that her grandfather was a landlord—a group that is  despised. The chairman’s people ruthlessly take away anything they consider “four olds,” even if it is harmless.  Throughout the book, Ji-li struggles with the choice between leaving her family to escape prosecution or staying  with them. This book was somewhat enjoyable. There was some suspense, but there was really no excitement  as things just got worse and worse for her. I do not recommend this for people who are looking for action or a  light-hearted story. I would recommend it for younger teenagers that do not mind the lack of anticipation or a not-so-happy ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little romance (read it at school)!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice bok read it for school (7th) really interesting