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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 04:47 pm (UTC)

Thank you for your post! It is very hard to live in the US with a positive image of the CCP. I lived for a while in China and have done extensive research on Chinese history and I am very glad that I am able to see the true aspects of the CCP, past the demonization the US gives it. The US has brainwashed Americans into thinking that socialism and communism are always evil. I can't tell you the number of people who will wear a "Free Tibet" pin but have NO CLUE about the actual events surrounding the region.

As for the CCP and women, the CCP has made great strides in giving women so many more rights than they had before! I wish every body in the US could spend some time in China and see that the CCP is not evil at all.

Thu, Jul. 13th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)

Thanks for your comment. I recognize that there are both good and bad aspects of the Communist party. However, to many of my relatives, the bad out-weigh the good. This varies from one individual/family to another.

There is corruption within the system. However, the Communist party improved the freedom and rights of women immensely. I have to say, most women in that time were not likely to oppose the Communist party. Sometimes, the officials went SO much in their favor that it became unfair to the men. For example, a teenage guy got executed by the Communist party because he was flirting with a random girl on the street by grabbing her, placing her on the back of his motorcycle, riding for 5 seconds, and then letting her down while laughing. The woman got frustrated and reported it to the officials.

My dad broke up with a girl that really loved him, but he knew that he didn't love her and they weren't really a match. He would've been arrested after the girl came back and began talking--he was saved by the pleading and justification made by his fellow professors.

A mentally disabled guy was running around in women's clothing and flashed a group of school girls. He was executed.

So, yes, it was good that the CCP drastically improved the lives of women (ie. abolishing "little wives" and whatnot)... sometimes it got extreme.

I think the main appeal of the CCP when it first began was that it had the power and potential to make China powerful once again, after she suffered giant physical and emotional blows from Imperialism and Japanese occupation.

So there's both good and bad.

Oh, she also holds good intentions by population control (I hate people who argue with this, because the demography clearly shows the deleterious affects that overpopulation would cause). However, no extreme cause goes without negative and strict means. (ie. forced abortion of 7 month old babies and burning houses of people who have more than 2 children).

China is an interesting case. She fits the Machiavellian phrase perfectly, "The ends justify the means."

Oh, the case in Tibet is pretty much the same. The intentions of the Chinese are pretty good for the most part; for having always regarded Tibet as "part of China" the CCP had the intention of "modernizing" (CCP regards this as good in their perspective) Tibet. However, it is the minor companies and officials that are "corrupt" that take into account their own personal interests as primary.

It's not that simple with China. Lol. But I agree with you about those people with "Free Tibet" shirts. It's really dumb seeing as the dealings within China are very private, the people who know the most are the bystanders that live there. It's easy to spot corruption and intention if you have the right sources.

"Free Tibet" is okay compared to certain people I've known who think that the Japanese warcrimes, namely the Rape of Nanking, were a result of CCP Propaganda. Which is really scary to suggest it. However, it is a result of the CCP reputation in the West.