Subject Re: Journal
Posted by Beryl
Posted on Sun Jun 18 21:52:07 2000
From IP  
In Reply to Journal

Although Jack London did show his compassion for the Chinese coolies through his sympathetic writing of this story, he, to a certain degree, is in favor of another oppression over the weak. For instance, his description of Chinese coolies' being completely silent and powerless against the misjudgment, and that of the selfishness of the Chinago's community are both too much generalized and simplified stereotyping. Ostensibly, Jack London is speaking for the powerless Chinese coolies; actually, he shows his sense of superiority of being the white through his characterization of the white people's feeling sorry for Ah Cho's execution. Indeed, this story is revealing the disparity between classes and the oppression upon the lower class people. However, in terms of the understanding of the Orientals, I don't think Jack London really realize Chinese people's character. He simply portrays the Chinese coolies as the position of being sympathized, but he ignores Chinese people's autonomy. He describes the whole Chinese community as the same character, which is to always remain quiet even though they are treated wrong. Also, he kind of stresses the selfishness of the Chinese people. He describes that no one out of the whole community can speak out for the justice; instead, they remain silent to evade the misfortune. In my opinion, Jack London, in the writing of this story, forms another kind of oppression and unfair treatment towards the Chinese coolies instead of the class discrimination of the white. I also consider that Jack London somewhat in this story put the white in a superior position. Thus, I don't like this story.

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