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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 04:55 pm (UTC)

You can get many different perspectives from the following sources, although many of them don't focus on women (I put ** next to the ones that do) I think it is good to get a general background on the era before focusing on one group.

Becker, Jasper, Hungry Ghost: Mao’s Secret Famine, (New York: The Free Press, 1996)

Chan, Anita, Chen Village Under Mao and Deng, (Berkley: University of California Press, 1992)

Cheek, Timothy, Mao Zedong and China’s Revolutions, (Boston: Bedford Series Press, 2002)

**Cooper, Eleanor McCallie and LiuGrace, William An American Woman in China 1934-1974

Fairbank, John K., The Great Chinese Revolution, (New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1986)

Fei Xiaotong, Chinese Village Close-Up, (Beijing: New World Press, 1983)

**Jung Chang, Wild Swans, (New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., 1991)

Kuhn, Philip A., Origins of the Modern Chinese State, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002)

Li Zhisui, The Private Life of Chairman Mao, trans. Tai Hung-Chao, (New York: Random House, 1994)

Meisner, Maurice, Mao’s China and After, (New York: The Free Press, 1986)

Meisner, Maurice, Marxism, Maoism and Utopianism: Eight Essays, (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1982)

Sazanami Tomoko, “Fei Xiaotong's 1957 Critique of Agricultural Collectivization in a Chinese Village”from Papers on Chinese History, (Boston, Harvard University, 1993)

Spence, Jonathan D., The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution (New York: Penguin Books, 1982)

Zhang Xianliang, Grass Soup, trans. Martha Avery, (Boston: R. Godine, Publisher, Inc, 1994)