Concubines Children Ngie Chong Analysis

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Compare and Contrast Essay

Life was incredibly difficult for Chinese who stayed in China and for those who immigrated to Canada in the early 1900s. Discrimination, racism and mass extermination were all common things in the struggle to survive during that time. In Jung Chang’s Wild Swans and Denise Chong’s Concubines Children, they show the hardships of 3 generations of women and the scarring horrors they had to endure.
I will be comparing and contrasting generation from generation in China, and from Canada starting from the 1900s.

In Wild Swans, the grandmother, Yu-Feng, had a very hard life. During this time the Kuomintang were in control and they stole items and abused the citizens. It was every man for themselves and the ones with power most often survived. The grandmother had a very negative view on the Kuomintang and wanted change. Yu-Feng’s family was
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Although the communists did not have complete control over China, De-Hong was trying her hardest to stop the fighting and bring in the new government. She went to school and was one of the best students of her class, until the communist came. They branded everyone who had education “bourgeois” and were forced to go through thought reform. “Every week a meeting for “thought examination” was held for those “in the revolution.” Everyone had both to criticize themselves for incorrect thoughts and be subjected to the criticism of others. The meetings tended to be dominated by self-righteous and petty-minded people, who used them to vent their envy and frustration; people of peasant origin used them to attack those from “bourgeois” backgrounds.” (P164) De-Hong later joined the red guards where their main purpose was of the banning of culture; this was to help further the revolution. She has heard and seen family killed by the communists, but she still holds faith with them because she thinks that nothing can be worse than the

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