Red Scarf Girl, A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution - By: David Henry Hwang
Job #1 - Line Illuminator
Week 2: Chapters 3, 4, 5
"Although teachers do not hold bombs or knives, they are still dangerous enemies."
I think this quote is worth analyzing because, to me, it makes no sense at all. To begin with, this quote is pretty self explanatory that teachers cannot and will not harm anyone in anyway. Kids at school think that teachers are what is making them change their mind about revolution. Most children have the idea that teachers want to teach students that scholars are superior to workers and that teachers have revisionist ideas. In my opinion, it's the students themselves that are thinking about that because part of them is not sure about how the government manages things. I chose this GIF image because it's mocking how the dog breed chihuahua can be dangerous to people. It's very obvious that these dogs are defenseless and harmless. This is just like the teachers because they have no intention to harm anybody or say things to kids that are not true. These kids choose to think like this because they have no one else to blame. With a major reason, chihuahuas can bite and scratch; however it's never of a big degree. Therefore, teachers cannot say anything to people/children that will change their minds.
In this quote, I can see people discriminating by only looking. By reading this quote, it tells me that Chinese kids only respected the people that had the right clothing. Also, these kids were only to judge by looks and not of what the person had in the inside. Having the wrong clothing was a very serious issue because people would look either like foreigners or fourolds. At this time, being fourold was humiliating because you weren't like others. This told everyone that Chinese culture had to be strait and strict and there would be nothing in their way to stop them. For example, in page 56, these people humiliated a man that was wearing fourold clothing and even cut his pants open so he wouldn't wear them again. Now, if we were to compare these two images with each other, there would be a big difference in everything. As a matter of fact, the American dress on the right might have been considered fourold clothing to Chinese culture, but it was perfectly normal to American people. If the Chinese government saw these types of clothing on their people, then they would definitely be punished. On the other hand, these kids had no right to judge the woman with the American clothing because people have completely different cultures.
"Chihuahua Dog Stock Image." #25 Chiwawa Dog Price. Web. 31 Aug. 2014. <http://theanimals.pics/chiwawa-dog-price/25/chihuahua-dog-stock-image/>.
"Women's Hanfu - Junoesque Dress WHF-6017." FINE CHINESE CLOTHING. Web. 31 Aug. 2014. <http://www.finechineseclothing.com/eng/product/detail.aspx?ProductID=1117>.