Madame Mao - first Chinese woman to serve as the communist party

Family background, early life and influences
Little is known about some aspects of her family background and her past life. In her family there were only three people who included Madame Mao. Their family relationship was not stable. (There is little evidence that show her background or her early life). Madame Mao’s birth name was Li Shumeng but her name kept changing as time went by.
Madame Mao was born in China, Shandong Province, Zhucheng, 1914, 20th March. She was an only child. When Madame Mao was around the age of 6, her mother took her and ran away from home because of the violent conflict that had happened between her mother and her father.
After moving, she went to live with her grandparents and attend a primary school there, but the people who were attending there did not like Madame Mao as she was different from others, especially when it came to wealth, family and social status, thus she was treated differently and always isolated.
she had many names that she went by even when she was born up until her death. she went by the names Madame Mao, in western literature but in China she went by many names. some of these names include, Li Shumeng, Jiang Qing, Lan Pin and Chiang Ch’ing,Li Jinhai, Li Yunhe and many more names that we have not yet heard of. But her birth name was Li Jinhai but later her name has changed to Li Yunhe after she married Mao Zedong.
Career/occupation and major noteworthy achievements
She went to Qing Dao University in July 1931 to April 1933; she also changed her name to Li Yunhe, which meant “Crane in the clouds. In 1932, because she had fallen in love with her 3 year older senior, she had joined the “Communist Cultural Front”. She was accepted by the Communist party around at February 1933 but unfortunately Yu Qiwei was arrested 2 months after she had joined. Madame Mao got accepted to go to Shanghai University, in 1933, October, she began participating in the communist youth league. Because of her political activities in Shanghai, she was arrested but three months later she was released. She was in a lot of films and plays around 1935, not only that but also she was a professional actress as this was her dream.But she had to leave the celebrity life behind her at the age of 23 as the “Marco Polo Bridge incident” (basically a war between the Japanese Imperial army and the Republic of China’s National Revolutionary Army) happened on 1937, 7th July. In November 28, 1938, she was married to Mao Zedong and at that time she was already pregnant. The Cultural Revolution in 1966–76 was what Madame Mao was well-known for, she was named "Great Flag-carrier of the Proletarian Culture" after she had formed a radical political alliance which was known as “Gang of four” there were only four people in that group and that is why they named it like that including Madame Mao herself. China's power institutions were mainly controlled by the gang of four. They were quite popular and powerful as Mao Zedong trusted them as his right hand mens’. When her husband Mao Zedong had passed away, their future had been banned, because of most of the political groups not supporting them.
Thus in October 1976, because of being accused of counter-revolutionary, Madame Mao was arrested by her allies.
Death
Madame Mao and the other members of the “Gang of Four” were arrested and tried in 1980. In 1981 Madame Mao was found guilty and so she sentenced to death but in 1983, the punishment had changed to life imprisonment. She committed suicide in May 14, 1991, aged 77, by hanged in the bathroom of the hospital just two days from the 25th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution.
Legacy
Madame Mao was remembered for her enduring the pains, worries and fears.
Timeline of her life and career
(I cannot find this bit of information - little on this)
Map of their life, where they were born, lived and travelled
This map below was when she went to University in Qingdao she born in Jinan. this map below is when she travelled to Beijing and Shanghai
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Three primary sources
This picture was taken around when Madame Mao and Mao Zedong was in Yan'an working in 1938
File:Young Jiang Qing and Mao6.jpg
File:Young Jiang Qing and Mao6.jpg

This Picture below was taken when Mao Zedong, her husband had passed away and her getting caught and trialed in 1980, along with other "gang of four" members
File:Jiang Qing at trial.jpg
File:Jiang Qing at trial.jpg

This picture below was taken around at 1934, when she was promoting for a movie that she was taking a part in
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剧照中的江青、文革中江青 更多罕见照片暴光

What these sources can reveal about the womans life
Source 1 - this photo shows that Madame Mao was smarter than the other femals her age as she was educated
source 2 - Madame Mao arrested, this shows that her job as a communist party was dangerous and so the men thought that a female should not be doing it
Source 3 - this is a photo about a poster that she advertised because of her wanting others see her doing a movie that she was participating in, with all these sources, we can see that Madame Mao had many different jobs that are in different categories.
Different perspectives of this person based on the sources
Source 1 - this source shows that Madame Mao was very close with her partner and is very literate and smart compared to the other woman in China around that time period. it shows that she is very keen to do her work smoothly and accurately, it also shows that she cut ehr hair short to make sure that she was not put down just because she was a woman, or to be treated differently in any way.
source 2 - she was accused and arrested, this shows that she was very focused on what she was doing and threats would not stop her, so she was very brave and not cunning, she did not use her feminine, even though mostly all females do that and are very cunning. she was showing to her opposition and to everyone who saw her to not see her as a female trying to disrupt the males work but asa person who is part of teh communist party.
Source 3 - this photo shows a poster/advertisement to promote the movie that she was doing so she can make people want to go and see it. it shows a bit of teh feminine side of Madame Mao as an actress.

Picture gallery
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File:Gang of Four at trial.jpg
File:Gang of Four at trial.jpg

Recommended reading list
www.answer.com/topic/jiang-qing - this is good because it gives us information need but it is not relevant to put into my assignment
http://marriage.about.com/od/historical/p/mao.htm - this website is stronger that the top one but it only gives information about marriage so it is still not that good.
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CHINAjiang.htm - this website may have little information but it is relevant and is still on the topic that i need.
http://www.emmetlabs.com/pair/Jiang-Qing_420/Mao-Zedong_416 - this website has a lot about Madame Mao’s and Mao Zedong’s early life so this is more relevant than the other two websites
www.morningsun.org/stages/jiangqing/jiangqing.html - this website is of no use as it is has very little information
http://chineseposters.net/themes/jiangqing.php - this is not very good as it has little information to do with what i wanted
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/303751/Jiang-Qing - this website is good as it is historically accurate, has a lot of information and is relevant to readers and myself
http://www.novelguide.com/a/discover/ewb_08/ewb_08_03311.html - this 50% good and 50% bad as some parts are not historically accurate but still the other parts are accurate.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304584004576417294064207966.html?mod=googlenews_wsj - this website is also not historically accurate as this is from a newspaper article
Activities
True or False?
1) Madame Mao had loved someone before Mao Zedong?
2) Madame Mao was ambitious and cunning?
3) She was free from being critisized or being hated?
4) Madame Mao was an only child?
5) Madame Mao had 1 son and 1 daughter?
Question and Answer (some of these questions are not in this wiki)
1) What was Madame Maos quote?
2) what was Madame Mao best known for?
3) How and Why was she arrested?
4) When and where was she born?
5) who was Jiang Qing's 1st lover?
creative task
write a short poem about madame mao and her life
Research task
go to the website http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/cultural_revolution.htm and find out the following:
1) Find out when the Cultural revolution happened
2) When did the movement begin?
3) who did a speech?
4) Why did the British embasssy collapsed?

Answers

True or False
1) true
2) False
3) False
4) true
5) false, she had one daughter
Q & A
1) "I was Maos dog, if he said to bite, then i will"
2) for being a part of Cultural revolution
3) she was arrested for being accused of going against China. she got arrested by her own allies.
4) She was born in China, Shandong province, Zhucheng, 1914, 20th March
5) Li Quwei
Research task
1) 1965-1968
2) September 1965
3) Lin Piao
4) becasue they turned their anger towards foreigners, for their fights and thing not going well

Find-a-word
Madame Mao
word bank:
Zedong, Tall, beautiful, skinny, daughter, male, female, communism, supportive, revolution, arrested, twenty three, China, Zhucheng, Mother, Father, Hersel, Travelled

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By Hyun Bark