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By Bingying Xie

For the 1st time, a whole model of the autobiography of Xie Bingying (1906-2000) presents a desirable portrayal of a girl scuffling with to loose herself from the limitations of historical chinese language culture amid the dramatic alterations that shook China in the course of the Twenties, '30s, and '40s.Xie's makes an attempt to develop into expert, her struggles to flee from an prepared marriage, and her luck in tricking her means into army college demonstrate her persevering and unconventional personality and trace on the prominence she was once later to achieve as an immense determine in China's political tradition. even though she used to be tortured and imprisoned, she remained dedicated to her convictions. Her own fight to outline herself in the better context of political switch in China early within the final century is a poignant testomony of selection and a remarkable tale of 1 woman's trip from outdated China into the recent international.

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Poor her. She was so tired that she could not breathe. She could only sigh secretly, not daring to utter a single word of complaint to Mother. Mother naturally wished that I would be like my sister and would embroider a huge quantity of flowers that someday could be carried to my mother-in-law’s house. ” “What! A girl thinking about study? Really, then heaven and earth are turning topsy-turvy. Studying is your brothers’ business. You should have been shut away in the maiden’s chamber after you were born.

You are a girl. You can only be a virtuous wife and a good mother who waits on her in-laws and takes care of the family property. ” At that time I really could not say why I wanted to study. I did not understand the inequality between male and female, and certainly I had no idea what work a woman might eventually do in society after she had completed her schooling. I only felt that I needed to study and acquire knowledge— School 23 just like I needed to eat meals and wear clothes. I could not understand why after a girl is born she can only become someone’s wife, bear her husband a son, and suffer the ill treatment of her father- and mother-in-law—which is just what happened to my sister.

You came to school intending to gain knowledge—but what have you gained? You are not even free to ask questions and converse with a teacher. So much as a single sentence—a single smile—brings intervention. Why is this? You have just been taught a lesson by this school, which I hope you will never forget: you must rebel against ancient customs to gain your freedom. Farewell. ” What a pity. As soon as we heard he was leaving, we began to tremble. We could only watch with tearful eyes as he went away.

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