How does Ji-li feel about Chairman Mao and the Communist Party in Red Scarf Girl?

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Ji-li supports the Communist Party and Chairman Mao at first, but becomes disenchanted after school turns into poster writing and her parents are targeted.

When Ji-li talks about her “beloved Chairman Mao” she is not entirely sincere.  There is a certain amount of sarcasm that sinks in as the adult Ji-li thinks back on her childhood.

Our beloved Chairman Mao had started the Cultural Revolution in May.  Every day since then on the radio we heard about the need to end the evil and pernicious influences of the “Four Olds”… (p. 21)

Although she appreciates her red scarf and enjoys the thought of a reformed cultural and political landscape, she becomes disenchanted with it when her family is forced out and she is asked to denounce her father.

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