Sunday, February 8, 2015

Red Scarf Girl Rotation #1

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang
Gaetano Cremoux
Risk Taking Researcher
Rotation 1
Chapters 1- 2

This book, written by Ji-Liang Jiang is a memoir about her experience in Chinas Cultural Revolution. It is basically focused on Ji-Liang and her life story during her time in China. She is considered a more traditional family, and is harassed for being so. Eventually, things get so bad that the government try to arrest her and her family. 

Ji-Liang was born in Shanghai, China, in 1954. She was born into a wealthy family who lived in a large apartment. She was a top student until 1966, when the Cultural Revolution started. This was because her family was accused of being anti-communist and the older members of her family were forced to do hard labor. When the cultural revolution ended in 1988, she, along with the rest of her family, moved to Hawaii. After graduating from the University of Hawaii, she worked as a analyst for a hotel chain. She later co-founded East West Exchange. She went on to publish her incredible life story. 


  1. Gaetano,
    I enjoyed your post it was interesting and intriguing. Although, I feel that you went more in depth on the revolution and the author than it's connection to the book. The book is a minor experience which is nothing compared to most of the Chinese at that time. However, your post did give me information that will improve my understanding of the book in the near future. Thank you for pushing my thinking.
    -Julianna Mello

  2. Gaetano, I also decided I would wanted to be risk taking researcher. I wanted to learn more about the book and the writer Ji - Li Jiana. Reading your post, I realized that it was very similar to mine, although I did find one minor difference. I am not sure if you mentioned this, but her father was put into very hard labor because they were accusing him of listening to foreign radio. This really surprised me, because I realized how strict and how mean they were to so many people. All the rules and laws that they had to follow, or sent into hard labor, such as her father.

    Do you think it was right or wrong of them to put her father into hard labor because of listening to foreign radios?