Women in Chinese Culture: The Female in Choy’s “Jade Peony”


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Essay #: 059482
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Women in Chinese Culture: The Female in Choy’s "Jade Peony"
This paper looks at the treatment of women in a Chinese household still dominated by the Chinese culture. The paper explores how culture can weaken women. The paper begins by looking at how the old lady, Poh-Poh evidently spent so much time caring for her offspring when she could have done more to take control of her own life. At the same time, the character of Meiying shows how women were supposed to be treated as weak in conventional Chinese society, to the point that they often ceased being resilient and strong-willed but became, instead, docile and passive. By contrast, the men in such a culture were occasionally depicted as being people upon whom fortune smiled: Dai Kew was...
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.....s always enjoyed – even if it is true that he has suffered, as well. When everything is looked at carefully, Jook-Liang is a woman caught between two worlds who wants to rid herself of the constraints she finds in the old one.
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