The Chinese Enlightenment And The True Story Of Ah Q Essay

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Reading Response #2 Based on the selection of Women in the Chinese Enlightenment and The True Story of Ah Q

After the Revolution of 1911, series of events, including the warlord skirmishes, Yuan Shikai’s and Japan’s Twenty-one Demands, China landed itself into deep trouble and was able to obtain little social development. Beginning in the year 1915, some intellectuals started to claim that only under the circumstance of which all the Chinese people are enlightened can China achieve the prosperity of entire nation. a key aspect of their prescription for a modern China involved the role of women in a modern society—interpreted through the lens of Western feminism. With the rise of women’s movement, two different thoughts start to conflict with each other. Their main contradiction is where should the movement be initiated, namely, to what extent the emancipation of women should be top-down, and to what extent it should be bottom-up.

One perspective towards the development of China’s women’s liberation is that it could only be achieved under the situation where the entire nation is enlightened and the social transformation is accomplished.
According to Wang Yiwei’s view in Women in the Chinese Enlightenment, as one of the progressive thinkings, the women’s activism could only be carried out together with other social movements. It is not only unrealistic, but also impossible for women to fight for their rights independently. In the early 1920s, the gaps between different…

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