A Girl Named Faithful Plum: The True Story of a Dancer from by Richard Bernstein

By Richard Bernstein

In 1977, while Zhongmei Lei was once 11 years outdated, she realized that the distinguished Beijing Dance Academy used to be having open auditions. She'd already taken dance classes, yet all people stated a bad kingdom woman may by no means get into the academy, in particular with none connections within the Communist get together of the Seventies. yet Zhongmei, whose identify capacity devoted Plum, endured, even happening a starvation strike, till her mom and dad agreed to permit her to move. She traveled for 3 days and nights to get to Beijing and at last beat out 60,000 different women for considered one of 12 coveted spots. yet going in used to be effortless in comparison to staying in, as Zhongmei quickly realized. with no these all-important connections she used to be a little bit lady on her personal, distant from kin. yet her decision, expertise, and sheer strength of will weren't anything the academics or different scholars anticipated, and shortly it used to be obvious that Zhongmei was once to not be underestimated.

Zhongmei turned a recognized dancer, and based her personal dance corporation, which made its ny debut while she used to be in precisely her overdue 20s. In a lady Named trustworthy Plum, her husband and popular journalist, Richard Bernstein, has written a desirable account of 1 girl's fight to move from the distant farmlands of China to the world's phases, and the lengths she went to so as to persist with her dream.

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In this powerful yet vain attempt to destroy the patriarchy space, she destroys her own body, a sacrifice that, at least, may help us to gaze into the ideology of the body in Chinese culture and see how it is constructed and represented in contemporary Chinese cinema. Making use of both voyeurism and exhibitionism, Zhang Yimou constructs images on the screen that can be read as a subversive way of engaging with traditional Chinese culture particularly with patriarchy and political totalitarianism.

Since possessive individualism is driven by the private goals to maximize profit, the public may lose sight of their civil duties and social responsibilities. Instead, they become individuals busy pursuing personal goals, busy consuming and busy expanding personal freedom and pleasure. When that happens in China, the need for political democracy will be delayed as long as the free market fulfills the perceived “needs” and “expectations” of the many consumers — their need for immediate gratification.

Let me quote one of the central passages from Confucian Analects: Duke Ching of Ch’i asked Confucius about government. ” The Duke said, “Splendid! ” (Lau 1979, 114) Patriarchy constructs gendered (both male and female) identities which “motivate action to reinforce and reproduce it” and it “takes different forms in different times and places” (Callahan 1993, 61). In the hierarchical system of China, old age and male gender are valued (even if force has to be used). , the naming of “Tianbai” by the “agents of Confucian tradition, the village elders” as a form of social control over his natural father Tianqing) is always obeyed and authority properly asserted.

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