Footbinding Essay

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  • Footbinding In China

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    In Ending Footbinding and Infibulation: A Convention Account, Mackie (1996) examines the practices of female foot binding in China, and infibulation in Africa. Specifically, the paper considers the conditions which brought these practices about, how foot binding came to an end, and why infibulation still persists. Mackie offers his 'convention account' and asserts that such practices are self-enforcing conventions which are perpetuated by interdependent expectations on the marriage market (Mackie

  • Chinese Footbinding Essay

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    Chinese Footbinding In addressing the subject of footbinding, one primary difficulty becomes apparent - that much remains within the realm of the unknowable. Any factual knowledge about the practice may only be drawn from 19th- and 20th-century writings, drawings or photographs. In addition, many of these documents represent a distinctly Western point of view, as they are primarily composed of missionary accounts and the literature of the various anti -footbinding societies.[1] The historical

  • Footbinding: Domination or Choice? Essay

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    Although no definite reason or person has been identified as responsible for the birth of footbinding, there are a few theories. One deals with the Shang dynasty's last empress' malformed feet. Some say she had club feet, bound them in attempts to distil beauty from malformation, and convinced her "spouse to make the compression of feet obligatory for young girls" (Levy, 37). Another scenario involves the Mongols attempting to impair the health of the Chinese women in order to weaken the Chinese

  • The Body As Attire, By Dorothy Ko

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    Journal of Women’s History called “The Body as Attire: The Shifting Meanings of Footbinding in Seventeen-Century China”. The article is organized with a brief introduction as to what footbinding is, the negative outlook on this practice due to problematic archives, and then she discusses the examples she gives to support her thesis. Ko’s thesis was “Chinese elite males in the seventeenth century regarded footbinding in three ways: as an expression of Chinese wen civility, as a marker of ethnic boundaries

  • The Role of Chinese Women Essay

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    but in the early 20th century, Chinese society was far from perfect. The women in China, lived a slow and difficult life, bound by tradition and obedience. Women had to bind their feet at birth or face adversity throughout their entire lives. Footbinding was a painful process that allowed women to be thought of as beautiful and a good future wife. However, their

  • My Family: Are You Born Chinese Or American?

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    Are you Chinese or American? Were you born at LA, or in China? I am frequently asked this type of question. I am a Chinese American, born in the Tarzana Hospital, located in a suburb of LA. I am blessed to have the opportunity to live in a great country, where the population is diverse and people typically get along very well. But, I’m also proud to be in a intriguing and complicated part of family trees and genealogies. My family tree originated in China and the majority of my ancestors live there

  • Short Story : Alive But Not Living

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    the hardships, and the pressure that girls and women, like Lily and Snow Flower, living in nineteenth century China had to go through because of their culture’s beliefs. In nineteenth century China, almost all girls had to go through the pain of footbinding—a custom in which the toes and arch of the

  • Internal Conflict In Lisa See

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    tenderness within her family. So I will approach this essay by describing the action lily did and will also approach this by analyzing the action. In the book Lisa See shows that lily needs a strong feeling of affection. When the family is doing footbinding Madame Wang speaks “ The girl is indeed very lovely but golden lilies are far more important in life than a pretty face. A lovely face is a gift from heaven………...but the

  • The Current Context Of Chinese History, Gender Issues Have Formed And Evolved Throughout Time

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    a woman and her husband. Jin dislikes the fact that men have perpetuated the practice of footbinding in order to make women seem desirable only if they have “lotus feet”. Footbinding was meant to enhance a woman’s beauty and make her movements seem daintier. Instead, subjecting women through the footbinding customs has caused women pain and misery. Many reformed scholars, like Jin, disagreed with footbinding. They argued that, at default, women must rely on her family or husband due to their limited

  • Women in Ancient China

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    hard work and getting the money, women were disparaged because they “couldn’t live” without a man’s work. A Chinese woman with bound feet during the late Song dynasty Beauty of a woman was very important to men because it often showed wealth. Footbinding was a cruel way to show a woman’s beauty in Ancient China, especially during the Song dynasty. It is thought that foot binding began in around 900 AD during the Tang dynasty and continued until 1911 when it was finally banned. "The practice of binding