Assignment 10

Based on the readings, answer these questions. 

1- How, would you say, do the texts we read by Ba Jin, Zhang Tianyi, and Xiao Hong reflect on contemporary reality in China? How do these realist texts allow us insight into that particular historical moment in China? What do you think was the ideological significance of these stories at the time? Explain.

 2. How are these three writers and their texts different from each other? How do they represent different possibilities of writing realist fiction? Explain. 

3. Would you say that Ba Jin’s text “Dog” is an “anarchist” text? Why? How is this text iconoclastic, and what makes it a powerful text? How does it describe a crisis of consciousness, subjectivity and the self? What is the significance and effect of the first-person narrative point of view and the animal imagery in this story? 

4. How does Zhang Tianyi, in his story “Mid-Autumn Festival,” use irony and satire to depict and critique (even caricature) issues in contemporary Chinese society, as well as the family? How does he depict various characters in the story differently, and why? What did you learn from reading this particular story? 

5. How does Xiao Hong portray the situation of a young girl in her story “Hands.” What is the importance of the girl’s hands in the story? What kinds of literary techniques does the writer use in conveying her cultural critique in this text? 

6. What arguments is David Wang making in his article entitled “Fictive History: Mao Dun’s Historical Fiction”? What does he mean when he writes about “the historical, the fictional, and the real”? Read this text closely and summarize the key points and arguments that are being made? How are these ideas relevant to the three texts we read for today?

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Part I: Team Strategy Plan

You are part of a group of newly hired team superintendents with Riordan Manufacturing. Your group was hired to lead new teams and begin production of the newly designed CardiCare Valve heart valves. This will be at the organization’s Pontiac, MI, location that is currently manufacturing custom plastic parts. Many of the production employees are current employees from other divisions, and the company expects to hire some new employees.

Resources: Riordan Manufacturing Virtual Organization, and University of Phoenix Material: Team Strategy Plan

Review the Riordan Manufacturing intranet site and the Human Resource section under Demographics, Employees, Employee Files, and Reports.

Prepare a plan to create the teams. Address the following in your plan:

  • Identify various strategies available to build teams.
  • What challenges or barriers may happen?
  • How will the best strategy be determined?
  • What measures will you use to determine if the team is operating successfully

Part II: Conflict Management Plan

While developing the teams, the management group finds that there is currently some internal conflict among two of the employees chosen for this project. David Nguyen has spoken to his current manager twice regarding his feelings that James Deal is intentionally creating problems on the production line, which is causing David to miss his quality checks. James insists that he has no idea what David is referring to and does not understand why David is trying to cause problem. James now goes to his own superintendent because he feels David is spreading rumors that he is looking for other work. David advises his own manager that he is not sure why James thinks this because he has never said anything like that.

Before the new teams are formed, the management group knows they must resolve this issue so that the new production teams can operate smoothly. Both James and David are good employees with positive performance reviews, and they were chosen for the new project because of this reason.

Resources: Riordan Manufacturing Virtual Organization, and University of Phoenix Material: Conflict Management Plan

Create a Conflict Management Plan for the conflict between David and James. In this plan, include the following:

  • The various conflict management strategies
  • The strengths and weaknesses of each
  • Considerations for selecting a strategy
  • Alternate strategies
  • Possible challenges


APA format is not required for this assignment. Instead, you are REQUIRED to use the “Team Strategy” and Conflict Management” plan documents located to the right-side of this Learning Activity. Be sure (1) to have at least 3 references in total, and use citations within your responses where appropriate, and (2) adhere to the minimum word count that is required for each question

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