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Bound Feet Blues: A Life Told in Shoes

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In Chinese tradition, women with tiny bound feet were desirable as wives and lovers, their delicate feet seen as objects of both status and sexual fetish. What can the ancient tradition of footbinding tell us about the role of women beneath the gaze of men and the relationship between mothers and daughters? Drawing on her own history, novelist and performer Yang-May create ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Urbane Publications
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"But for me now, in writing this book, in telling these stories, I have to make a choice to move beyond those kinds of cliches. To write about not just the funny and brave and glittering things that show me in a good light, but also those things that are hard for me to talk about - my loneliness and shame and anger and sadness. To express those things that are without words, that live in that quiet unspoken place and to let you see my fragility as well as my strength, my failings as well as my t ...more
Wendy Greenberg
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
The subtitle of this book is "a life told in shoes" - how alluring an opening is that? A quasi-memoir woven in with emotive multi-generation family stories & myths, cultural settings and background from the Malysian born Chinese writer. Life and energy flow from the prose setting aflame the dogma that Chinese women writer should write about either foot-binding or a 3 generational family novel.
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