Red Scarf Girl

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Red Scarf Girl is a memoir by Ji-Li Jiang about her life during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. It begins with her as a happy twelve year old girl who is among the top in her class at school, and then the Revolution happens. Over the next two years, Ji-Li is revealed to be the descendant of a landlord (making her a member of the hated five black classes). She is turned into an outcast at school, her family humiliated and much more. This book also contains epic levels of Break the Cutie and a cast where just about every likable character can be considered The Woobie.

Tropes used in Red Scarf Girl include:
  • Break the Cutie: Happens to almost every likable character in some way or another. None more so than the the author herself, Ji-Li.