Essay Analysis: Pa Chin’s Anarchist Politics in “The Family”
In his book Family, Pa Chin chronicles major political events in China, especially in the twentieth century. One notices the early indicators of communism in China. This is shown through themes that the author repeats many times in his book. This book particularly concentrates on interpersonal associations inside and outside of Kao family members. As such, the book has broad political implications. Biographers and historians indicate that the author was a zealous supporter of political anarchy and especially how it manifests itself (Pa 67).
Although he does not exactly talk about the political values of Pa Chin, one gets to understand that the author is mentioning his own opinions. Additionally, one can see struggles within the Kao family, which just represents the wider cultural and political questions facing China in the early ’90s. The new Chinese generation is shown to question the supremacy of the patriarchal family unit as well as the authority of the old generation. In addition, such a rebellion can be seen in the political background: China shifts away from conventional practices and instead embraces contemporary political ideals (Pa 15). An influential idea that the author propagates is anarchy, which implies that political power means corruption. In other words, the author is advocating for a non-authoritarian and democratic society.
Eventually, the Chinese people initiated an uprising and instead advocated for communism. The events leading up to this development can be viewed from reading the book Family. The quarrels within the Kao’s family and conflicts in the larger society are captured in Pa Chin’s book (Pa 16). The reader understands that the uses the family as a broader aspect of China.
Pa, Chin. The Family. Peking: Foreign Languages Press, 1964. Print.