The novel Red Scarf Girl was written by Ji-li Jang about what she experienced in 1966, during the Cultural Revolution. The Cultural Revolution was a time which Mao (In China) prohibited teenagers to attend school by shutting it down. The purpose was to make this young population revolutionary and fight for the communism against "poisonous ideas "from the occidental countries, which Mao believed the elderly from his own party was leading china too. Thus, he needed the revolutionaries to fight against. There is also a book "foreword" written by David Henry Wang that is also commonly read.
Ji-Li Jiang was born in Shanghai, China in 1954. She lived in a large apartment with her dad ,( Henry O ) ,her mom ( Ying- Chen ) ,her brother ( Ji-yong), her sister (Ji-yun), and her grandmother. Ji Jang graduated Shanhai Teachers Collage and Shanghai University right before she moved to Hawaii in 1984. The book Red Scarf Girl is about her teenage years lived while the Cultural Revolution was happening. The book also talks about her family being humiliated for being conciderded "black" because of her late grandfather being a landlord. That was the opposite of "red", the color of communism. Res Scarf Girl was the most famous book published by Ji-Li Jang, she also wrote a book called The Magical Monkey King.