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White Lily

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Nearly a century ago, in the Forbidden City, China’s last emperor reigned from his dragon throne. Although he was only a boy, the imperial decrees issued in his name echoed in every corner of the country. Every man had to shave his head and wear a single pigtail to symbolize his submission to the emperor, and every woman was second in importance to the men in her family. W ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Seal Books (first published 2000)
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Louise
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nearly a century ago, in the Forbidden City, China’s last emperor reigned from his dragon throne. Although he was only a boy, the imperial decrees issued in his name echoed in every corner of the country. Every man had to shave his head and wear a single pigtail to symbolize his submission to the emperor, and every woman was second in importance to the men in her family. Women were obedient to their fathers and brothers and later to the husbands in their arranged marriages. Cer
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Clue_96
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china
I read this such along time ago as a young child and remember that it made such a deep impression on me as a child. It led me begin my journey of research and more reading into China's relatively more recent societal and cultural phenomenon.
Sonia Jarmula
Falling Short of Ting-xing Ye's Ability

Ting-Xing Ye's "Throwaway Daughter" was a masterpiece. "White Lily", was a short book with little to engage you in. No action. Less descriptive words. Less than 53 pages. Nice illustrations, and a thoughtful, interesting plot that fell way short of what I would have thought Ye could have done. The problem became so small, only solved by questioning. The ending was not even inspirational. It seemed like it would have been, reading the last sentence of the sy
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Julia
Based on Chinese folk lore this simple tale of a young girls longing for learning had deeper meaning but still endures as a metaphor for freedom and courage.
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Good quick read. About how a girl decides to go against tradition and earned her rights to a free life.
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Ting-xing Ye, author of the best-selling memoir, A Leaf in the Bitter Wind, was born in Shanghai, China, in 1952, the fourth of five children born to a factory owner and his wife. At sixteen she was “sent down” to a prison farm during the Cultural Revolution, spending six years there before being admitted to Beijing University. She took a degree in English Literature, then began a seven year caree ...more
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