Raise the Red Lantern
Film and Primary Document
Use this Tackk to record answering primary document guiding questions and your analysis of the film as it plays.
Expectations: Connections between film and primary documents are particularly welcome. As the last time, there is a graded participation assignment for contributions to this discussion thread (30 points).
Use texts, analyze specific scenes, ask great questions, and respond directly to one another using @____.
To organize our primary document references use the following tags:
To organize our film references, use a tag for each of the characters names:
Guiding questions for Wednesday, 2/18, Reading Night #1
"The Women's Movement," p. 426-8
1. What were some of the specific cultural changes that Chinese feminist leaders sought in the early 1900's? Did you see any of the hated cultural values or customs on display in the film yet?
2. What were the most challenging obstacles for women's equality despite the rise of the Chinese women's movement?
Ban Zhao, "Lessons for a Woman"
Ban Zhao's work from nearly 1800 years before the early 20th century before still defined traditional Confucian women's roles.
2. How would a Communist analyze or explain her document?
3. As the film plays, document examples of women trying to meet or undermine Confucian expectations.
4. How does the document apply or not apply to women with servants?
Guiding Questions for Friday 2/20, Reading Night #2
Kang Youwei: "The Grand Commonality"
1. Why does Kang attack the traditional family? Using your understanding of communism, how would a Communist agree or disagree with Kang's diagnosis of the world's suffering?
Chen Duxiu: "The Way of Confucius and Modern Life"
1. As a communist, why does he attack Confucian values, particularly the treatment of women? Use a specific example. What would he attack in the film so far?
2. He ends by stating that "Confucius lived in a feudal age... the ethics [are] of the feudal age." How does that paragraph reflect Chen's "economic determinism"?
Guiding Questions for Monday 2/23, Reading Night #3
He Zhen: "What Women Should Know about Communism" and "Women's Revenge" Han Yi (Liu Shipei, her husband): "Destroy the Family"
1. "What Women Should Know...": What aspects of Communist ideology do you see He Zhen applying to the situation of women in China? Where does she adapt communist ideals to her particular situation?
2. Would she agree or disagree with Kang Youwei?
3. "Women's Revenge": How is "Confucianism... a murderous learning"? Give an example from the text. What/who would she attack in the film?
4. How does she personally attack Ban Zhao?
5. Would communists agree with Han Yi that China should start with a sexual revolution in order to destroy the family? Why does he believe so?