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Bound Feet & Western Dress by Pang-Mei Natasha Chang
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Apr 24, 2009

it was amazing
Read in April, 2009

As the title suggests, this is a story that describes two related women, one young and one old, who have struggled with their own identity and their Chinese cultural values. The Chang family was a famous Chinese family. Most male members of the family were scholarly and sent to the west to study. Chang Yu-i, the older woman in the family, became scholarly as well, having been tutored inside and outside of China. The eldest daughter succumbed to an opium addiction.

Almost the entire family moved away from China, to finally settle in California. Chang Yu-i befriends a young woman in the Chang family and her incredible story is told to her from start to finish. The young woman is the author, Pang-Mei Natasha Chang. Through the elder member of the family, Pang-Mei finds and cherishes her own Chinese heritage, which had always felt uncomfortable for her in a white society that made fun of her frequently as a child.

This is a wonderful memoir, unlike the others I have read. And it takes place long before the Cultural Revolution, which gives a different aspect of China to the reader.
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