A Bird Cage

  • Xiudi Zhang
Part of the Governance and Citizenship in Asia book series (GOCIA)


This chapter’s focus is on how the participants reflect on restrictions and freedom. The metaphor of a bird cage refers to the government of China, the traditional Chinese culture, family, or anything in China that participants said they felt bound their thinking. This metaphor comes from the interview data when a participant said he made different choices once he flew out of the cage, breathing the fresh air of freedom and seeing a world different from China. Some participants missed their comfortable life in the cage, while some other birds wanted to fly higher. The metaphor of a bird cage may overlap with the metaphor of a kite flying.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiudi Zhang
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  1. 1.Zhoukou Normal UniversityZhoukou CityChina

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