Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress and Colors of the Mountain

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In both the stories “Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress” by Dai Sijie and the “Colors of the Mountain” by Da Chen reveal, that the china’s cultural revolution had a great impact on a lot of people especially young students education. This happened in early 1971, it was Mao’s and his communist government who created this Cultural Revolution so that they could control over people. They stopped young student’s education, most of them were students who had educated family or owned lands were treated bad, humiliated and made them suffer because of their status and also Mao thought that they might be a threat to the communism. These students had inner conflicts as well as physical pain.


In the “Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress” by Dai Sijie, the narrator and his friend were two of many thousands to be sent to the countryside to re-educate to live as farmers or low class people. They have to wake-up early in the morning and whole day do filthy labor and lots of physical activities which they are not paid. To over come the trauma, they use storytelling to escape from the reality.

In the “Colors of the Mountain” by Da chen, Da’s and his family lives were forever changed when the cultural revolutionary happened. At very tender age of nine, he had to think and be like a man. He had a lot of responsibility and lot of pressure on his shoulder since he is the only member in his family who is studying. He wanted to study and doesn’t want to be like his sibling’s who works in the farm. He says “I looked at school in a different light” (2). Meaning that, now school is not only about getting education but now it’s the main source to get out of this life that he is leading right now and have a bright future so that he could take care of his family. But his dream was crushed, when a new teacher comes. He treats Da as an outcast (acting like Da doesn’t exists in the class) and accused him of counterrevolutionary activists...
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