Part 1: Relationship between food and/or sex in Liu Heng’s “Dogshit Food” and Yan Lianke’s Serve the PeopleLiu Heng’s “Dogshit Food” Liu Heng’s “Dogshit Food” deals majorly and predominantly with human needs and Chinese issues of social life. Liu Heng emphasized on the need for human beauty basic needs and ethical aspects when engaging on interpersonal relations. The protagonist of the novel Yang Tiankuan has been used to portray human diversity and different aspects of life. Food as a basic human need The main character Yang Tiankuan takes sex as a basic social need since he comments the sexual behavior of his wife as “good in bed as she was skilled in the field" (368). Food as well is a basic human need because Yang’s family and especially Yang’s wife is much concerned about food and what they are going to eat tomorrow “What are we going to eat have been dug this year in Yang’s family.” Goiter was being credited for her hard work in meeting the family basic needs and being capable of handling the entire Yang’s family. People and the villagers were so impressed by her hard work in food search. Branding Goiter (Yang’s wife) and seeing her as a man due to her hard work portrays gender inequality in the Mao era. It shows how women were perceived to be weak and unable to deliver good work. Goiter (being unique and hard working to feed the family) was branded different names due to the existing stereotype about women. References Heng L. Works:“Dogshit Food”(Gouri de liangshi) –. Green River Daydreams (Canghe bairimeng). Yan L. (2007). Serve the People!. Constable.Lianke Y. (2007). Serve the People!. Text Publishing.(1995). ‘Dogshit Food’. Trans. Sabina Knight. In Joseph S.M.Lau and Howard Goldblatt (eds) Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature 416–28. [...]
What is the relationship between food and/or sex in texts such as Liu Heng’s “Dogshit Food” and Yan Lianke’s Serve the People? What do food and/or sex mean in these texts - basic need for survival or something else? With the focus on food and/or sex, what other aspects of life in China during the Mao era have the texts chosen to comment on ?