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    NJ native without the accent or the big hair. Currently residing in Beijing. Teaching English. Absorbing all things China. Exploring SE Asia.

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Foot binding: excruciating beauty

In the 10th to early 20th centuries, small feet on women were considered beautiful in China.  The foot binding started before girls began adolescence, and involved bending the toes under the sole of the foot, then breaking the arch and binding the foot and the ankle very tightly.  Each time the bandages were removed the bindings would be re-wrapped more tightly.

Can your shoes fit in the palm of your hand?

This hasn’t been practiced in the hundred years since it was outlawed, but my interest in the practice was piqued when I visited the Enduring Beauty Museum in Melaka, Malaysia last February.  The many exhibits depicted the ways women throughout time all over the world have sought beauty in spite of Continue reading