Ji Li Jiang
The book we are currently reading, Red Scarf Girl, reminds me of various things. One thing that I connected this book with was the book Ties that Bind, Ties that Break. This books talks about the life of a girl who breaks the Chinese old cultures such as binding her feet. The life of Ailin, the main character, is ruined because she doesn’t have bind feet. Because of her unbound feet, her fiancé didn’t want to marry her, she had to work as a nanny even though she comes from a wealthy family, she has to study more than Chinese girls, etc. These two book are really similar because both of the characters are in bad situations. Ji Li’s life is ruined because she came from a black family. Ailin’s life is also ruined because she didn’t bind her feet. In Ties that Bind, Ties that Break we see how following the Chinese cultures was really important. In Red Scarf Girl, we see them trying to break these cultures. By reading Ties that Bind, Ties that Break, we have more knowledge about China before the Cultural Revolution. It is easier to understand what cultures, ideas, habits and customs the Cultural Revolution is removing.
Ji Li's house was inspected by the Red Guards. They took away everything that was considered four olds including her collection of stamps which was really precious to her. She couldn't do anything she wanted because she would be judged. Just because her grandfather was a landlord, her life is ruined. She would go to the park everyday with her grandma because she was afraid of the Red Guards coming to their house. In Ties that Bind, Ties that Break Ailin doesn't even have the courage to go back to her house because she was a deception to her family. Both of them have restrictions because of what they did or where they came from. Ailin couldn't go back to her family and had to be independent. Ji Li couldn't do what she wanted that was four olds or she would be punished.