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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 04:16 pm (UTC)

Thanks for your reply. It helps put things into perspective to me. The reason I decided to do this topic is because I feel that the CCP did an immense amount of good for women. I was just hoping to find the documents that back up what these western historians are claiming.

Yes, you're right. We Americans are usually against the Communist Party. You have to understand that we're taught how "evil" Communism is from the time we are small children. My dad was in the US Army and growing up I attended military run schools. We spents weeks on Communism, even when I was in elementary school. However, as I've become an adult and have had a chance to learn and research on my own, I do realize that I was taught a lot of "propoganda" against communism.