Essay on Analysis Of The Book ' The Dragon 's Village '

1531 Words Feb 16th, 2015 7 Pages
On October 1st, 1949, communist leader Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China, naming himself as head of the state. The declaration ended over six years of bloody civil warfare against the Guomindang (GMD, Chinese Nationalist Party) led by the Chiang Kai-Shek, whose eventual unpopularity and corruption drove them to flee China altogether. Chairman Mao’s popular revolutionary vision for the People’s Republic Of China aimed to favor the peasantry, whereas the redistribution of land from rich, semi-feudal landlords to the poor peasants would actualize communist ideals of an utopian society. Yuan-tsung Chen, in her novel The Dragon’s Village, describes the experiences of Guan Ling-ling, a young communist volunteer who encounters the complexities of class relations, land reform, and patriarchy present among the peasantry of a rural peasant village in North China. Using Ling-ling’s various interactions with other volunteers and with the peasantry, Chen explores the ways in which the unique cultural climate of rural China worked with, and sometimes against the newly adopted Maoist fundamentals to shape the Chinese communist revolution.
For centuries previous to the revolution, Chinese peasants, who made up the majority of the Chinese population, were subject to the harsh realities of their relationship to rich, feudal landlords. The landlords, chosen by the former GMD government, were described by Ling-ling as “the gentry, the literates, lording it over the vast mass…

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