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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 04:23 pm (UTC)

In looking at the footnotes, it seems most of the authors are simply quoting other historians or scholars, and not actually quoting primary sources. That's what sent me on this search. I was wondering where the western scholars got their info from? I would hope they weren't simply going on hear-say.

I was also thinking of going the route you suggest. I agree, it is important not to try and manipulate the sources to support ones ideas. We're after the truth!