Bound Feet & Western Dress: A Memoir

Bound Feet & Western Dress: A Memoir

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by Pang-Mei Chang
     
 

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"In China, a woman is nothing."

Thus begins the saga of a woman born at the turn of the century to a well-to-do, highly respected Chinese family, a woman who continually defied the expectations of her family and the traditions of her culture. Growing up in the perilous years between the fall of the last emperor and the Communist Revolution, Chang Yu-i's life is…  See more details below

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"In China, a woman is nothing."

Thus begins the saga of a woman born at the turn of the century to a well-to-do, highly respected Chinese family, a woman who continually defied the expectations of her family and the traditions of her culture. Growing up in the perilous years between the fall of the last emperor and the Communist Revolution, Chang Yu-i's life is marked by a series of rebellions: her refusal as a child to let her mother bind her feet, her scandalous divorce, and her rise to Vice President of China's first women's bank in her later years.

In the alternating voices of two generations, this dual memoir brings together a deeply textured portrait of a woman's life in China with the very American story of Yu-i's brilliant and assimilated grandniece, struggling with her own search for identity and belonging. Written in pitch-perfect prose and alive with detail, Bound Feet and Western Dress is the story of independent women struggling to emerge from centuries of customs and duty.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307792242
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/27/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
728,351
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Pang-Mei Natasha Chang was raised in Connecticut. She received her B.A. in Chinese Studies from Harvard and a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law. She practiced law in New York City before moving to Moscow, where she currently resides with her husband. Bound Feet and Western Dress is her first book.


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Bound Feet and Western Dress 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story, it reminded me of "The Joy Luck Club". It was a bit hard keeping the characters straight though, as the author used the characters multiple names throughout the story. The history was facinating
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent story illustrating old Chinese customs-especially the role of Chinese women at the turn of the century. You can visualize how it must have been like during the perilous years of China. It's filled with conflicts of traditional Chinese values vs. Western values. A perfect novel to learn about life in China in the 20th century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story lets us follow Yu-i on her struggle against a Communist China, about to be modernized. Yu-i is the first generation in her family to have unbound feet, and this, she says, means that she have to become modern. When she is married to her Husband, Hsu Chih-mo, her life will change tremendously. She will have to adapt to him, his way of livin, and his family. This means the end of her freedom, as there is many rules for brides in China at that time. The story is good, but sometimes hard to follow, and not always easy to know who is who, as I am not Chinese, and I do not know the differences between Seventh Brother and Second Brother, and also many other chinese words she uses sometimes.Overall, it is a good book, so if you are interested in China and chinese history, you should absolutely read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And proud of it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Taylor Kelly More than 1 year ago
Worst boook ever........confused throughout the whole thing
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much and learned much about what it was like to be born a woman in China at the turn of the twentieth century. I think Chang Yuyi had a lot of courage and I am glad that Pang Mei took the time to write the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A brilliant memoir, well described.You'll enjoy it as much as I do.There's no doubt about it.You'll be totally captured by it.Sensational!!!!!