A member of the Red Guards, a paramilitary arm of the Communist Party in China. Song communicates with Comrade Chin often, to pass on the classified information he gathers from Gallimard. Chin is severe and unfeminine, and Song derides her for her lack of womanly charm. She also plays Suzuki, a down-to-earth servant, in the reenactment of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.
Comrade Chin Quotes in M. Butterfly
The M. Butterfly quotes below are all either spoken by Comrade Chin or refer to Comrade Chin. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Plume edition of M. Butterfly published in 1989.).
Act 2, Scene 7 Quotes
Miss Chin? Why, in the Peking Opera, are women’s roles played by men? … Because only a man knows how a woman is supposed to act.
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Comrade Chin Character Timeline in M. Butterfly
The timeline below shows where the character Comrade Chin appears in M. Butterfly. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 5
Act 2, Scene 3
Act 2, Scene 4
Act 2, Scene 7
The night after her dramatic conversation with Gallimard, Song paces their apartment while Comrade Chin reads from a notepad. Gallimard is watching their dialogue from another part of the stage.... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 9
...drag Song onto the stage and mime beating her. She is wearing male clothing, distinctly Chinese in style. Gallimard tells his audience that they said a hurried goodbye before he returned... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 10