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Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

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ISBN13: 9780064462082
ISBN10: 0064462080
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In 1966 Ji-li Jiang turned twelve. An outstanding student and leader, she had everything: brains, the admiration of her peers, and a bright future in China's Communist Party. But that year China's leader, Mao Ze-dong, launched the Cultural Revolution, and everything changed. Over ht next few years Ji-li and her family were humiliated and scorned by former friends, neighbors, and co-workers. They lived in constant terror of arrest. Finally, with the detention of her father, Ji-li faced the most difficult choice of her life.

Told with simplicity and grace, this is the true story of one family's courage and determination during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.Ji-li Jiang was twelve years old in 1966, the year that Chairman Mao launched the Cultural Revolution in China. An outstanding student and much-admired leader of her class, Ji-li seemed poised for a shining future. But all that changed with the advent of the Cultural Revolution, when intelligence became a crime and a wealthy family background invited persecution'or worse. For the next three years Ji-li and her family were humilated and reviled by their former friends, neighbors, and colleagues and lived in constant terror of attack. At last, with the detention of her father, Ji-li was faced with the most dreadful decision of her young life: denounce him and break with her family, or refuse to testify against him and sacrifice her future in her beloved Communist Party.

Told with simplicity, innocence, and grace, this unforgettable memoir gives a child's eye view of a terrifying time in twentieth-century history'and of one family's indomitable courage under fire.

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This accessible autobiography is the true story of one girl's determination to hold her family together during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.

It's 1966, and twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, friends, and a bright future in Communist China. But it's also the year that China's leader, Mao Ze-dong, launches the Cultural Revolution—and Ji-li's world begins to fall apart. Over the next few years, people who were once her friends and neighbors turn on her and her family, forcing them to live in constant terror of arrest. When Ji-li's father is finally imprisoned, she faces the most difficult dilemma of her life.

A personal and painful memoir—a page-turner as well as excellent material for social studies curricula—Red Scarf Girl also includes a thorough glossary and pronunciation guide.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Synopsis:

When China's Communist Party detains Ji-Li's father, the 12-year-old is facedwith a difficult choice.

About the Author

Ji-li Jiang was born in Shanghai, China, in 1954. She graduated from Shanghai Teachers' College and Shanghai University and was a science teacher before she came to the United States in 1984. After her graduation from the University of Hawaii, Ms. Jiang worked as an operations analyst for a hotel chain in Hawaii,then as budget director for a health-care company in Chicago. In 1992 she started her own company, East West Exchange, to promote cultural exchange between Western countries and China.

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juliaveronica34, February 13, 2014 (view all comments by juliaveronica34)
Red scarf girl is an autobiography by Ji-Li Jiang. After reading Ji-Li’s story, I didn’t feel as though the book had any meaning. I believed it was pointless for me to even read the book because I couldn’t understand it. It was just too confusing to understand because I had no knowledge of China’s Cultural Revolution. However, if you take the time to read about the Cultural Revolution in China, the book is much easier to comprehend. Sadly I discovered this after I read the book. My recommendation is that prior to reading Ji-ling’s story, do a quick study on the subject. You will get a better understanding of why ad how the Cultural Revolution impacted Ji-Li’s life in such a dramatic way.


In the beginning Ji-Li was an excellent student. She had good grades, and had lots of good friends. But once the revolution took place, everything in her life took a turn for the worst. Kids who were her friends started ignoring her. It all happen when people found out that her family had a different social background then them. The reason her family had a different social background was because her grandfather was a landlord. This meant that her family didn’t come from a working class and that was not a good thing. When the community committee representing the new government found out that she was the granddaughter of a landlord, Ji-Li had to face many tough challenges. She had to choose between disowning her family or sticking with her family through this tough time.


As I mention, the book does not explain the history of China’s Cultural Revolution. Without this it’s easy to get confused, so my suggestion is prior to reading the book get some knowledge on the Revolution. Besides that issue, overall it was a good book.
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ravenklau, October 30, 2011 (view all comments by ravenklau)
I love this book. I would highly reccomend it to anyone. It is a true, gripping story of the effect that "brainwashing" can have on the young generation. It was a truly amazing book, and opened my eyes to the harshness of the world and how powerful dictators can be. A beautifully written story.
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danielle_hester, January 30, 2007 (view all comments by danielle_hester)
very good book! i love the detail and the way she makes me feel like im her in a way.GREAT!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064462082
Foreword:
Hwang, David Henry
Author:
Hwang, David Henry
Foreword by:
Hwang, David Henry
Foreword:
Hwang, David Henry
Author:
Rollins, James
Author:
Jiang, Ji-Li
Author:
by Ji-li Jiang
Publisher:
HarperTrophy
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Political
Subject:
China
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
History - Asia
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Political
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Jiang, Ji-li
Subject:
China - History - Cultural Revolution, 1966-
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
A Memoir of the Cult
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.77x5.03x.66 in. .44 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 304 pages HarperTrophy - English 9780064462082 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This accessible autobiography is the true story of one girl's determination to hold her family together during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.

It's 1966, and twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, friends, and a bright future in Communist China. But it's also the year that China's leader, Mao Ze-dong, launches the Cultural Revolution—and Ji-li's world begins to fall apart. Over the next few years, people who were once her friends and neighbors turn on her and her family, forcing them to live in constant terror of arrest. When Ji-li's father is finally imprisoned, she faces the most difficult dilemma of her life.

A personal and painful memoir—a page-turner as well as excellent material for social studies curricula—Red Scarf Girl also includes a thorough glossary and pronunciation guide.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

"Synopsis" by , When China's Communist Party detains Ji-Li's father, the 12-year-old is facedwith a difficult choice.

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