Sunday, February 22, 2015

Risk Taking Reasaercher - MArtina Gil

Red Scarf Girl
Risk-Taking Researcher

        Red Scarf Girl was written by, Ji-Li Jiang. THe events happen whe Ji-Li is twelve years old. It is a memoir about what she went through during the Cultural Revolution during 1966. During this time, communist leader Mao Zedong, wanted to reassurt his authority over the Chinese  Government. 

Mao Zedong portrait.jpgOne of Chairman Maos movements was to get rid of the four olds. These four olds were old ideas, old culture, old habits and old customs. Once the four olds were stripped of the people, he would establish new ones. Some questions come to mind when learning about this movement. Why did he not want tradition? Tradition unites people, doesnt he want the people united?




  1. Martina,
    I really enjoyed your post. I like how you said that what China was trying to do was to push out the old and welcome the new. The only problem was that I made it sound a lot more pleasant than it really was. The revolution caused up to 30 million deaths. And so the motivation for the people was fear. Thank you for pushing my thinking.
    -Julianna Mello

  2. Martina,
    Good post, nice research and facts. Also, something that was very good that you did was added some of your own questions in the end. I think it is great that if you have any doubts about something, to ask. Your question was very good by the way and it is also very complex and involving. It makes sense to think that he wants to unite people so why not have traditions... Well, I guess that maybe traditions can sometimes bring confusion or even misunderstanding. And maybe he definitely doesn't want that. He doesn't want fights or conflicts, so I guess he just decided to swipe them off his "problems" list.
    After all, that's what I think, but if you maybe disagree with me or want to add something I would love to hear it back in a response. Thanks for pushing my thinking forward, by the way...