RSG Part #5, Question #1

“We are all brainwashed,” Ji-Li declares on page 265. What does it mean to be brainwashed? What evidence does she provide in RSG to support the view that her generation was brainwashed?

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  1. #1 by Hannah Butera on April 16, 2012 - 11:49 am

    When Ji-Li said that they were brainwashed, I think she meant that chairman Mao controlled everything, so she looked up to him, like everyone else did. But, she did not know that he was the one causing all of the commotion, because she only saw his good side. On page 265 (epilogue), it says,” To us Chairman Mao was god. He controlled everything we read, everything we heard, and everything we learned in school. We believed everything he said. Naturally, we only knew good things about Chairman Mao and the cultural revolution. Anything bad had to be the fault of others. Mao was blameless.” When she says that she only knew good things about him, this tells me that it washed all of the idea’s out of her head that it was his fault. No one knew it was Mao’s fault because all of the children were taught that Mao was like a god naturally. Based on the text evidence, I think that brainwashed means that because of what the children were naturally taught, all of the ideas in her head that it was Mao’s fault, were basically washed away. -Hannah Butera

  2. #2 by Maddie Mcsally on April 16, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    I agreee with Hannah when Ji-li declared herself and ithers to be brinawashed she thinks that chairman Mao has been making poor decisions. When the whole country is forced to look up to him everyone goes by what he says. When Ji-li said(on pg 265) that everything they did was because of chairman Mao it was, he choose what they did and read. Their life was dependent on Chairman Mao. Based on the text evidence Mao is the one to blame for having the whole country “brainwashed”. Maddie McSally

  3. #3 by Imani Nokuri on April 16, 2012 - 3:14 pm

    From before hand generations they were strict. The citizens of China are required to follow their government leaders. Ji Li says that the citizens of China were “brainwashed”. I agree with this comment because Chairman Mao was controlling China as a dictator which from earlier knowledge we know means he only favors a group of people (people in poverty) and is either helpless or cruel to all others (people related to landlords, vice versa). He also created a “class system ” which tells you what type of person you are. part 2 below.

  4. #4 by lauren morris on April 16, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    i also agree with hannah and maddie. chairman mao would make all the decisions most of those decisions were not for the good of the country. the chinese people valued their leaders and what ever the leader said they belived true. chairman mao was “brainwashing” the people to belive that the richer people were bad. now we know that what mao did was wrong and what he did to the people was cruel but back then they thought that they were being treated that way because they were bad people. all the children knew about their leader was the “good” things that he did and in schools they learned that being a red gaurd was the bigest honer ever. chairman mao had the country, especialy the youth “brainwashed by his belifes and what HE thought was right.

  5. #5 by Imani Nokuri on April 16, 2012 - 5:02 pm

    This class system results in making the rich people seen as monsters and the people working for them as innocent victims. Since there were more poor than rich people there the vote was definite.
    Ji Li shows evidence by stating in the book praises and worshiping to Chairman Mao Ze-Dong. This resulted in the people throwing away half of their life worshiping the wrong people

  6. #6 by Laura McAllister on April 16, 2012 - 7:48 pm

    To be brainwashed is to have someone take over your mind and make you think things that you usually wouldn’t think. During the Cultural Revolution, many people in China were brainwashed to think that Chairman Mao was the greatest man that ever lived. Some evidence of this is on page 107, where Jia Hong-Yu explained that “Anyone who sees Chairman Mao is the happiest person in the world,” and “I am very lucky to have such an experience.” This particular Red Guard Leader also stated that she would devote her whole life to Chairman Mao, over her family and friends. The people listening to this speech were very touched by it, and felt that they had to be JUST LIKE Jia Hong-Yu and devote their life to Chairman Mao, too. I feel that this speech is mostly to blame for everyone’s obsession over Mao.

  7. #7 by Anonymous on April 18, 2012 - 5:29 am

    I believe when Ji-li said that her generation was brainwashed, she meant that before the cultural revolution even started, everything was fine. But, when the cultural revolution started, everyone started to think and believe that Chairman Mao was the best man who lived and you should follow him. When everyone started to follow him, people turned against Ji-li and her family due to the family background and all of the four olds that they owned. Also her father was acused of listening to forgien radio but he did not confess. Since he did not confess everyone thought that Ji-li’s family was a black family. This all happened because Chairman Mao started the cultural revolution.
    NOAH STERN

  8. #8 by Anonymous on May 2, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    i dont agree with any of u dummys

  9. #9 by Anonymous on May 2, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    woah cool im anonymous

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