Cultured

One thing I’ve noticed while reading Maxine Hong Kingston’s book is my almost complete ignorance of the Chinese culture. I mean, it took me until last night to realize that when ghosts were referred to (Milkman Ghost, Garbageman Ghost, etc), they were people, just not Chinese or Japanese. Then, I remembered an earlier passage where Kingston says that the Japanese were the only foreigners that are not regarded as ghosts by the Chinese at that time. Then, I was also thinking “Man, what a terrible view of women they had in China,” and it is, but then I got to thinking about how women have been viewed in the West, and how not-worthy-of-mention that’s been. So, this book has been a definite learning experience for me.