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What's in a Shoe? 25-June-2015

I am still crazy about shoes. But earlier, I was crazier – my favourite shopping destinations would be shoe stores. Once I realized my weakness for shoes, I stopped going to shoe stores no matter how tempted I was. 74 more words

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An Exhibition

(Anna Choi’s art installation of ceramic shoes)

As I listened to the artist speak

Of her grandmother’s golden lotus feet

I felt my body fold… 95 more words


Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millennium .

Despite the pain, millions of Chinese women stood firm in their devotion to the tradition

Zhao Hua Hong is one of the last living foot-binding practitioners. 2,281 more words


Amanda Foreman: Why Foot-Binding Persisted in China for a Millennium

Smithsonian Magazine: For the past year I have been working with Britain’s BBC television to make a documentary series on the history of women. In the latest round of filming there was an incident that haunts me. 173 more words


Footbinding in Chinese History

Another Chinese history paper.  This one is a BIG paper (50ish pages) that examines the history of footbinding in Chinese history.   I’ll post the intro in text and links to the rest. 1,156 more words

Historical Papers

Those Tiny Slippers

Did you know that the earliest known version of the Cinderella story was recorded in AD 850-60, in China? The story was already well known in the oral tradition, as Marina Warner points out in her book From the Beast to the Blonde… 318 more words

Fairy Tales