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The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices

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1. Do you think that Xinran's mission with the Words on the Night Breeze and The Good Women of China, can ultimately be traced back to her own problematic relationship with her mother, and her absent father?

2. In her prologue, Xinran tells of when she risked her life fighting an attacker for her bag, as it contained her only finished manuscript. Would you do the same? Is life more important than a book?

3. How far do you accept the old Chinese saying that woman's nature is like water and man's nature is like mountains? Consider to what extent this applies to both Western and Chinese cultures.

4. Do you think Xinran agrees with the water/mountain comparison by the end of her stories? Consider this in the light of her use of imagery, and how these two motifs are used within the text.

5. Looking back at The Woman Who Loved Women story, do you think that if Taohong had not been raped she still would have found herself only able to love women? Is she really homosexual or just badly scarred?

6. It might be said that in some way Xinran is worthy of criticism for choosing to settle in England, leaving the women of China to a world that is still so behind Western standards of equality. Do you agree?

7. Which of the stories did you find most disturbing, and why?

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400030804
Translator:
Tyldesley, Esther
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Translator:
Tyldesley, Esther
Author:
Xue, Xinran
Author:
Xinran
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
108-32
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.06x5.10x.57 in. .43 lbs.

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Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Asian Literature
History and Social Science » Asia » China » Peoples Republic 1949 to Present
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » World History » China

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