Friday, March 20, 2015
Slice of Life #20 - Welcome Ji Li, Jiang author of "The Red Scarf Girl"
This week our 6'ers (as well as faculty) have had the distinct pleasure of welcoming and listening to the life story of the author Ji Li, Jiang.
Her memoir is the true story of a family's determination to stay together during one of the most terrifying era in China's history - The Cultural revolution.
As a 12 year old, Ji Li had an extremely happy life and dreamed of one day attending a prestigious acting school, only to have her whole world turned upside down. Ji Li recounted her story to an auditorium of 6th graders who were visibly affected by the issues and atrocities that Ji Li was forced to face and eventually overcome.
At the end of the Cultural Revolution Ji Li had the chance to leave China and immigrated to the United States, she arrived with no money, could not speak English and did not have a job. She found a job as household help with a family.Through this the family were interested in her plight, and often asked her to recount stories from her childhood. They urged her to write a memoir, and thus The Red Scarf girl was created.
We were honored and humbled to listen to Ji Li's amazing story.