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Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005, 11:27 pm

I'm writing a paper on Chinese women's experiences in the 1940-50's Communist take over. I've found primary sources that are all positive about the changes made by the Communist party. The women who've written these sources all praise the liberation and freedom they received as a result of the changes made by the Communists. However, most of my secondary sources point out many negative effects of the Communist party. For example, even though the Land Reform promised land to women, many women still did not actually get to hold land in their name (so claims the secondary source.)

My question is this: Why can't I find primary sources that talk about the negative aspects for women during the Communist reforms? Do you know of any I could use? Or, is it possible that the women who had negative experiences would not have access to record their experiences? Perhaps they were the illiterate, etc,?

Thanks :)

Fri, Dec. 16th, 2005 10:05 am (UTC)

I think it had to do with the cold war and America portraying the "Godless Commies" as their justifiable enemies for so many years. And then there are the cases in China of the Great Leap famine, and the cultural revolution that people hate, and the fact that it's not a free democracy. However with all that said, I think for the most part women's life's under the communists was probably much fairer and better than it was under the warlords and the late Imperial dynasties. The laws of divorce and education all improved in their favor. I think China today is probably a lot more egalitarian than it was a 100 years ago, but like all countries in the world today, still has a way to go before there is true equality among the sexes.