In Dragon's Village Ling-ling's involvement in the land reform is an extension of her own will for personal change. She utilizes the duty instilled in her by the Poor Peasants Association to accomplish a simultaneous growth within herself as well as for China. Ling-ling seeks internal alleviation from her acquiescent role as a female and enlightenment from her sheltered lifestyle as a bourgeoisie. Her youth takes place when women are for the first time given more power, she grows up under a patriarchal society, during a time when women understand they will ultimately be disposed to a husband and family to continue the patriarchal tradition. Towards the second half of the novel she states, “this was the moment I had been waiting for” (Yuan-Tsung 160). She experiences a catharsis after realizing what she has done as a female as an employed cadre has helped a fellow female. Ling-ling searches landlord Chi's house which helps alleviate Da Niang's spirits tainted by the mishaps of the Communist revolution. At the outset Ling-ling adapts to the role of a cadre with goals ambivalent in terms of commitment, to herself and Communism. Her commitment is inspired by Ma Li's deviation from the norm. She is impressed by Ma Li's anti-conformist... [continues]
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