Study Guide

Red Scarf Girl Characters

By Ji Li Jiang

Ji-li Jiang

Our narrator and protagonist is only twelve when the Cultural Revolution starts, but she's in for...

Chairman Mao

Mao Tse-tung was a real-life political leader during the Cultural Revolution in China. We don't...

Xi-reng Jiang (Ji-li's Dad)

Ji-li's dad is stubborn, noble, and proud, the kind of guy who sticks to his principles even when...

Ying-Chen Jiang (Ji-li's Mom)

Ji-li's mom seems very frail. Perhaps that's because she gets sick and faints a lot (diagnosis:...

Ji-li's Siblings: Ji-yong Jiang and Ji-yun Jiang

Ji-li's eleven-year-old brother (Ji-yong) and ten-year-old sister (Ji-yun) are in the background...

Grandma Cao

Ji-li's grandma sounds exactly like our grandma—by which we mean she's loving, sassy, and...

An Yi

Ji-li's bestie goes through a tough time in the book. Since her mom is a teacher, she's getting...

Chang Hong

Ji-li's classmate Chang Hong is kind, compassionate, and extremely dedicated to the cause. Even...

Song Po-po

Ji-li's family's housekeeper, Song Po-po is more than just a cleaning lady. She becomes important...