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  1. Introduction
  2. Zhiqi: A word that Rae herself says is hard to translate
  3. The main point of the book
  4. Conclusion
  5. Works cited

China in the mid-20th century was a country full of change. The country was transitioning from the rule of the nationalist KMT party to the communist CCP party. This change did not come easily and millions of lives were affected by it. Spider Eaters by Rae Yang is a memoir written about growing up at this time. Rae is especially qualified for this task due to the fact that she experienced the revolution from more than one perspective. Over the course of her life, Rae transforms from a little girl growing up in a life of privilege, to a young woman working in the countryside, and finally becoming a woman disillusioned by the communist regime.

[...] It is the only thing that keeps her determined in the countryside as well as when she returns to Beijing. This life lesson is what eventually lands Rae in America to study at the University of Massachusetts. The most interesting part of the story is Rae's evolution of thought. The memoirs provide a detailed description of how Rae thought during each stage of her life. When she was younger, she was occupied with thoughts of envy. This was due to the fact that her brother Lian received much more attention than she did. [...]


[...] Communist Childhood: The Path to Disillusionment China in the mid-20th century was a country full of change. The country was transitioning from the rule of the nationalist KMT party to the communist CCP party. This change did not come easily and millions of lives were affected by it. Spider Eaters by Rae Yang is a memoir written about growing up at this time. Rae is especially qualified for this task due to the fact that she experienced the revolution from more than one perspective. [...]

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