Analyzing Waiting by Ha Jin Essay

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Communist China uses propaganda and force to hide the truth from the public, as well as controlling them in a sense. Ha Jin writes Waiting and in this book he comments and portrays communist China in great detail. Waiting’s main character, Lin Kong, is commonly criticized as indecisive and unable to love. In an interview published in Asia Week in 1999, Ha Jin comments on Lin’s inability to love:

allegorically…sum up a sort of internal psychological damage to the Chinese… the Revolution was to disable people so they can’t love others… so that psychological energy, sexual energy or creative energy could be focused on the revolutionary cause.

After a successful revolution, China retains a strict code of laws, that if broken, the
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Other than to conceal the truth Chinese propaganda may be used to mold the minds of the citizens. At a meeting between Manna and Lin’s cousin, Liang Meng, Liang shows Manna a book he recently finished. “They were all illustrations of a battle in which the Vietcong wiped out the American invaders…” (115-6) points out how Chinese propaganda only glorifies the achievements and not the failures and defeats of the Chinese and other oriental nation. “They are for a children’s book.”(116) states how that, not only adults, but children are also being targeted by propaganda. Propaganda is highly useful, but the strong-minded may not submit easily to the idea of the party’s superiority. When this happens, Chinese officials may resort to force. What makes people curious of the outside world and makes them revolt against the immoral? Ideas. How are ideas of people around the world revealed? Books. Books are sources of knowledge and with knowledge come curiosity to know more. Chinese officials know this and in order to keep another revolt from rising books were collected from all public and private personals. After this massive operation of collecting foreign books, they were all burned to keep it from the hands of those who might become too questioning to the party’s ideals and policies. The revolution shook China as a dynastic China falls and changes into a communist China. This
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