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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 :)

Sat, Feb. 18th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)

Also "Women in Asia: Restoring Women to History" Barbara Ramusack and Sharon Seivers, Indiana U. 1999.--this has some interesting thoughts too. Though half of the book is devoted to India.

Another good source is the movie "Small Happiness"... I can't remember the director's name, but she was an American who grew up in China. Has some very good info regarding women's experiences in Rural china during the 1980's after the One Child policy and birth restrictions, as well as what it was like to get married etc... there may have been a Marriage Act--but those women were still bound by the "old feudal" family ties (confucious ideals of filial piety)...

Hope some of this helps.