In the book Ji-li Jiang s going throgh the Chinese Cultural Revolution. In the beggining of the book it looked like she was completely on the side of this revolution, and that she agreed with all its thoughts. Now, she is starting to notice flaws in what she thought, she has noticed that her “perfect” system is not perfect any more. This reminds me of two charecters: Jonas, from The Giver and Tally from Uglies. In the book The Giver Jonas starts to notice flaws in his society after The Giver shares memories with him. He starts to notice that he is given no choice in his community and that he has been blocked from all the beauties of the world. In the book Uglies Tally also starts to notice how bad her society is. She notices that when you become a pretty you have damage done purposely to your brain.
Another connection I have made is withow Ji-li is criticized about her family's past. This happens all the time in life people are judged by their families past for example: If a child's family has a political background and the politicians in the family have not helped develop the country she could be criticized about something that she has nothing to do with. I think that this can also relate to racism because people are also jugjed about something that they have nothing to do with.