To the Storm: The Odyssey of a Revolutionary Chinese Woman Short Essay - Answer Key

Yue Daiyun
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1. Why is the one-month birthday an important event in China?

The one-month birthday is important because until recently, newborns were at great risk in China. Some parents did not name their child until the first month had passed, and baby gifts were not exchanged until it was likely that the child would survive.

2. What does it mean to "draw a line" between yourself and another person?

People who are in close contact, in working or family relationships, with someone whose ideas are politically unacceptable are encouraged to "draw a line." They distinguish their own ideas from those of the guilty party, which helps them avoid being considered in the same light.

3. Why was Yue Daiyun to be criticized while on maternity leave?

Yue Daiyun was criticized while on maternity leave for her work establishing the magazine Contemporary Heroes. Intended to be a forum for young intellectuals to discuss contemporary issues, the magazine was not viewed as rightist. It was opposed to the teachings of Chairman Mao.

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