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I hated it
on May 27, 2014
Very rarely do I stop 1/2 through a book and say I just can not go on reading this crap. This book is one instance when I have done this. Kind of an early 1960s US feminist book set in China.
I had a negative comment on my review so I am revising it. Case in point, a young professional woman has an affair with her married boss, the man chooses to stay with his wife. So of course the young woman has been exploited according the author. Of course the man is pig, as is the young woman. But let me take a different viewpoint, the man does not leave for two reasons; women in China control the family finance. So the man did not leave his wife because the financial strength the wife had. Second, Chinese women run the family, not just financially but also run the internal dynamics. Chinese women are not the weak victims the author wishes to picture them as being. Second example was an older woman who was living in poverty after giving everything to raise a successful son. I have never heard of such a case, it may well happen, I have seen the case where a Chinese mother rules her sons life. In my dealings with Chinese companies and Chinese divisions of foreign companies, I have run into a number of Chinese female managers and directors, in % far exceeding those in the US.
One good thing that Mao did was to raise the status of Chinese women. I would not say he was completely successful, but my impression China has made more progress in this area than the US. I had hoped for a balanced view of the status of women in China and was sadly disappointed in the book, instead I got a Chinese women as exploited Geisha view