Bound Feet & Western Dress: A Memoir [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

"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: 4/27/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 586,814
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Facinating

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2000

    A Brilliant Biography ^ ^

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2000

    Bound Feet and Western Feet

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    I have big feet 13 in womans........

    And proud of it!!!!!

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Horrible

    Worst boook ever........confused throughout the whole thing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2002

    Informative Reading

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 1999

    WELL-DONE!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!!!!!

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