How did historical events influence the ideas in the novel? What cultural issues may have influenced, challenged, or inspired the author?
The main cultural event that inspired the novel is the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The whole entire book is based on how her family, neighbors, and friends reacted on the cultural revolution. The main character of the book is actually the writer, so its a first person view. The four olds which were ideas, culture, custom, habits were what China was trying to get rid of. The point of the cultural revolution was that they were trying to take out the four olds and replace them with the "four news". As the book is going on and until it finishes I think that the author will talk a lot about bad things, and bad thing that happened to her. Since the cultural revolution was very hard for people. Ji-li shows a lot of emotions, and how she felt since it her biography. I think this book is not only good to read but also it is a good way to learn a bit about the history of China. I look forward to being able to learn more things about China.