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white lotus (1965)

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This book dramatizes through the eyes of one female role reversal should the Chinese overtake the world and put whites into slavery- an interesting thought experiment. The author uses quite a bit of slang to express the abject situation of the whites such as "sow, boar and pig." Eventually, liberalism emerges with the change of an emperor and the slaves are released from outright slavery. Much discrimination still ensues. A peaceful movement emerges, stating that they will "uncage the finches" as the slaves have been referred to as birds by abolishionists, as well as race heroes of their own. To sum up the whites shall only be free "when pigs fly." Despite this irony the Buddhist teachings that the Chinese are steeped in quickly shame them into advocating better treatment from the whites. The book weirdly casts Chinese society as somewhat in the golden age of the thirteenth century, yet still with the ability to conquer the world. They seem to face the threats of the Roman Empire with barbarians off the North and Muslims to the West. Addtionaly, White Lotus and the white slaves characterization depends almost entirely upon the retelling the history of the African American slavery and civil rights experience. ( )
  elle_em | Dec 20, 2009 |
Interesting examination of the human condition under the oppression of slavery. Strangely hopeful as a dreary dystopian alt. future can be. I completely didn't get the ending. ( )
  hafowler | Feb 18, 2009 |
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For Martin John Ann Baird Brook my beloved sons and daughters
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I must compose my face and push the fear and doubt beneath the skin. Nothing must show on my face today but white skin.
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