Analysis Of Jung Chang 's ' Wild Swans : Three Daughters Of China

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Jung Chang’s “Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China” is a biography of three generations of women growing up in an era of China where the continued change in leaders and their politics contributed to their struggles as women. Women were seen as second class citizens in every aspect of their lives. Jung Chang begins the story with the life of her grandmother who was a warlord’s concubine, her mother’s life as the wife of a communist party leader, and her coming of age during the Cultural Revolution. While there has been some advancement in each era for women, there are universal issues which are still prevalent in today’s China. In order to demonstrate the advancement of women, I will discuss the roles of women through each woman’s era. There is also a need to address the lack of representation of women from a political and economic aspect as they relate to current day in China and the treatment of women activists who dare to fight back. Because of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, which was designed to do away with the old ways of China, some might argue that women are no longer excluded from the social and political decisions. Chang’s grandmother, Yu-fang was born when China was still under the Japanese rule. While life in China was hard for all, it was especially hard for women. During this era, there were traditional family roles. This tradition established the relationships between a man and his wives, the eldest male sibling to the rest of the…

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