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  • Title: Bound Feet & Western Dress
  • Author: Pang-Mei Natasha Chang
  • ISBN: 9780385479639
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Bound Feet & Western Dress By Pang-Mei Natasha Chang In China, a woman is nothing Thus begins the saga of a Chang Yuyi, a woman born into a well to do, highly respected Chinese family Growing up in the perilous years between the fall of the last emperor and the Communist Revolution, Chang Yuyi s life is marked by a series of rebellions that will make her one of the most famous women in Chinese history her refusal as a c In China, a woman is nothing Thus begins the saga of a Chang Yuyi, a woman born into a well to do, highly respected Chinese family Growing up in the perilous years between the fall of the last emperor and the Communist Revolution, Chang Yuyi s life is marked by a series of rebellions that will make her one of the most famous women in Chinese history her refusal as a child to let her mother bind her feet, her scandalous divorce as a young woman from the famous poet Hsu Chimo, and finally, 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 the textured portrait of Yuyi s life in China and the story of her brilliant and assimilated greatniece Pang Mei Natasha Chang, struggling with her own search for identity and belonging.Written in vivid detail and pitch perfect prose, Bound Feet and Western Dress shows us independent women struggling to emerge from centuries of customs and duty, and reveals the power of storytelling itself, as great aunt Yuyi confides her innermost dreams and demons to the author in this critically acclaimed literary debut.
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    Commentaires:

    R.K. Byers
    I was expecting Memoirs of a Joy Luck Good Earth I was pleasantly disappointed.

    Vanessa
    Listened to the audio version of this book Was great to hear the author s voice even though the production quality wasn t all that great.I have been a fan of Xu Zhimo ever since I read his most famous poem Saying Good bye to Cambridge Again It s a beautiful poem and even beautiful in Chinese My favorite stanza Very quietly I take my leave,As quietly as I came here Gently I flick my sleeves,Not even a wisp of cloud will I bring away His poetry is so enchanting, beautiful, fluid.Well, you can ima [...]

    Lysmerry
    I really enjoy Chinese memoirs, but this one disappointed There were some strong parts for example, where Yu i is forced to make it on her own in a foreign country with no knowledge of the language But for the most part Yu i conforms to the Confucian norms she grew up with, making for a dull tale of duty She is not a rebellious character, and strives to the ideal wife, daughter, and daughter in law It s an interesting insight into the mindset of the time, but if you re familiar with Confucian cu [...]

    Joanna
    Very enjoyable biography of the author s aunt, with just enough personal story from the author to make this a personal family story rather than a remote biography This is a small story the life story of the author s aunt She s not a hero exactly, though she has moments of extreme grace and strength She s not a revolutionary, though she was thrust into a modern life than the one she d envisioned when she found herself part of one of the first public no fault divorces in China She lived in intere [...]

    Atiqah Ghazali
    Read a quarter of this book for 9 days and finished it all off in 3 hours, I only paused for 5 minutes or so for tissues and hot tea How can I not love this memoir As a wife, as a woman, I wish I could depict Chang Yu I as a life mentor And how true her take on love is What is love, if it has no sense of responsibility

    Gracie
    This was possibly the best book that I ve ever read OMG Okay, maybe not The best on my list, but possibly a tie for second It was amazing a lot of detail, great content, and much much I read this in a day, and let me tell you, it amazed me In all the books on this genre that I d read, this was a thriller A switch between traditional and ancient times, two women, both marked down with no value stand up for their beliefs and show their uniqueness Strong, they stand up for their rights, and questi [...]

    Emma
    Just excellent.

    Hugs
    I have cried while reading this many times There are good things to take away, like never, NEVER saying a negative word about your in laws to ANYBODY I can see where some hardships could be avoided by living this way Some of the difficult things included not being able to nurse and raise your own infant child In contrast, I LOVED that she nursed until she was SIX, and credits that for her strength and not getting sick Some of the rules of filiel piety would do the world good today Your body with [...]

    Natalie Awdry
    I bought this on a whim from a secondhand bookshop and had neither heard of the book, the author, or the subject matter Despite having no previous reference to this story and the importance of Yu I and her relationship or specifically, the breakdown of her relationship with Hs Chih mo, the gravity of their divorce in 1920s China was clear from the very beginning Considering this, I was struck by how down to earth both Yu I and the author were about their lives While I don t doubt that Chang lov [...]

    Yi
    I watched April Rhapsody 2000 , the 20 episode series based on the life of the famous 20th century Chinese romantic poet, Xu Zhimo Hs Chih mo , on YouTube a few months ago Unlike most viewers, I liked the character of Hs Chih mo s ex wife, Zhang Youyi Chang Yu i , the most I was amazed by her sheer inner strength to endure all the hardships and cruelty forced upon her by her ex during their marriage Deeply moved and wow ed by her bravery and determination in not letting herself be crushed by her [...]

    Luanne Castle
    While the book cover calls this a dual memoir that of the author and her Great Aunt Yu i to me this is the memoir of Yu i as verbally told and recreated on the page by her younger relative It is mainly Yu i s story And what a story it is.She was born at the very beginning of the 20th century in China Times were changing rapidly During the course of Yu i s life, she must learn how to become a Western woman and still show respect for her elders and her heritage by adhering to the traditions that [...]

    Monica
    The beautifully told story of a remarkable life Chang Yu i was born in 1900 to a wealthy Shanghai family, one of 12 children, the second of four daughters She was the first girl in her family to refuse to have her feet bound, the first to get a divorce, a successful business woman, a bank vice president, a dutiful daughter and daughter in law Her story is told by her great niece, a first generation Chinese American who learned of Yu i s story in her Chinese studies courses at Harvard.Yu i was ma [...]

    Feisty Harriet
    I love the idea behind this autobiographical memoir which mostly focuses on Yu i, a woman born in China at the beginning of the 20th century who grows up and comes of age as her country moves away from its traditional ways such as foot binding, arranged marriages, socially accepted concubines, filial responsibilities, and a abhorrent preference for sons Yu i s story is told by her 20 something great niece, Pang Mei, who was born in Connecticut and is trying to understand her American and Chines [...]

    Trice
    1 2 Finished Bound Feet and Western Dress today It felt very conversational, as if you were sitting in on a conversation with Yu i and Natasha, hearing how they struggled with their own identity, their own sense of self and cultural identity Yu i says that in traditional China a girl was nothing, and yet the girls in her family seem valued and well loved, though due to the family s lack of resources at a critical point they don t end up with the same advantages of education as their brothers It [...]

    Marcy
    As the title suggests, this is a story that describes two related women, one young and one old, who have struggled with their own identity and their Chinese cultural values The Chang family was a famous Chinese family Most male members of the family were scholarly and sent to the west to study Chang Yu i, the older woman in the family, became scholarly as well, having been tutored inside and outside of China The eldest daughter succumbed to an opium addiction Almost the entire family moved away [...]

    Audrey
    An interesting book about Chang Yu i s life in China As someone who s half Chinese I understood some of the stuff I read in this book even though I was born in Malaysia and not China The writing was done smoothly and at times I really felt like I was sitting in a room listening to Pang Mei and Yu i narrate their stories to each other I am so touched by Yu i s determination to not give up and to continue to be strong in bad times Hsu Chih mo was a character I disliked from beginning to end Nothin [...]

    Remy DeJoseph
    The only reason why I read this book was because I took a Gender studies class and it is a required read I was hooked from the cover and the summary but I fell in love with it after the first chapter The book is a dual memoir based around two Chinese women, one from the 1900 s named Yu i and the author born around the 60 s, Pang Mei Natsha Chang It is about two women born Chinese in a time of change yet they are generations apart, it is their struggle to identify themselves by their ideals and b [...]

    Joyce
    Bound Feet Western Dress is a nonfiction book telling the stories of Pang Mei Natasha Chang, a young first generation Chinese American woman, and her great aunt Chang Yu i who was born in China in 1900 Pang Mei Natasha Chang comes across her great aunt s name in a history book while majoring in Chinese studies and discovers details she had never known about her great aunt s life before she emigrated to the United States in 1974 After this discovery, she approaches her great aunt and then writes [...]

    Erica
    A gorgeous and compelling memoir Pang Mei Natasha Chang tells the story of her great aunt, Chang Yu i, and the story of early twentieth century China, including interesting information related to the customs, traditions and s of the old Chinese culture Yu i was one of the first Chinese woman to go through a modern divorce She was young, poorly educated, with two children, one of whom tragically died shortly after her divorce Yu i transforms from a poorly educated, highly dependent woman into a s [...]

    Leslie
    Excellent book The picture on the cover is worth the price of the book It is the first photograph that I have ever seen of the size of bound feet I suppose I could have googled the image but the comparison of the normal shoe and that of a woman whose feet had been bound was powerful There are a few things that would make me uncomfortable with a young teen reading this book However, I intend to go back and list the pages of concern so that you can decide for yourself.I found this book at the sugg [...]

    Jen
    When Chang Yu I was three her mother tried to bind her feet But the child s cries so tormented her brother that he convinced their mother to stop This break with convention foreshadowed the extraordinary life Yu i was to lead After following her husband, poet Hsu Chi Mo, a noted philanderer, to Oxford, she made history by becoming the first Chinese woman to have a western style divorce at age 22 Determined to make her own way, she moved to America and served in a series of prestigious positions, [...]

    Bookwormthings
    A fascinating telling of a period of history and the social effects it had on the society Also illustrating that the greatest chains are those we put on ourselves.

    Liya
    Penetrating narration that shed light on the legendary poet Xu Zhimo Can t help but wonder if this is too one sided Perhaps the author could have been objective, but maybe Xu is the one solely to blame, for his cowardice in acquiescing to marry Youyi, for taking only what he needed from the marriage physical pleasure , and for abandoning her in pursuit of so called irresponsible freedom Shortfalls of the book would be 1 Youyi s personality lacked defining characteristics, and 2 the author, bein [...]

    Irene
    I am very partial to oral history, so this book was a good fit for me The author was born and raised in Connecticut by immigrants from China Although she had always known that her paternal family was prominent in China prior to the revolution, she was surprised to see her paternal great aunt s name in a college text book That unexpected revelation inspired her to interview her great aunt and record her story I was fascinated with the everyday details of life in China in the early 1900s I was far [...]

    Jonathan
    I very much enjoy stories which paint the vibrant life of a regular person in the historical context of a different culture, especially an oppressive one see also Reading Lolita in Tehran There is no need for this book to preach, or to beat you over your head with a message The way Yu i interacts with the world flows out of every page, and the lesson you take from this book is the lesson you will learn just from following her life The story itself is but a well written record.The level of humani [...]

    David Marxer
    This is one of my favorite books about Chinese women dealing with the changing times that span the 20th century The book is story of the author s grandmother mixed with and compared to her own modern life The author s grandmother was born and raised in a world where to have unbound feet was ugly and a shameher grandmother s arranged marriage to a famous poet took her to England and Germany where her husband abandoned her with their new born sonA hard story to read, but harder to put down

    Bridget
    Although this is not the most creatively told story, it is fascinating to learn about the family dynamics of the old fashioned Chinese family, particularly the woman s role A couple things I learned bound feet were considered beautiful, which meant a girl s toes were bent down and eventually broken to touch the heel of the foot, then wrapped with cloth This made walking, even short distances, very painful, which is why most women just stayed home most days A quick read and very interesting

    Linda Barry
    I found this book on a display at the local library I found it to be an incredible biography of an incredible family in China, Europe and eventually America The book s main focus is the author s great aunt, but as is so true in families, one story is shared by others and their involvement changes outcomes I enjoyed learning about the cultural norms and reading about how they were changed While this looks back to the 1920 s, it also comes right up against current times late 90 s Engaging read, an [...]

    Lorraine
    in China, a woman is nothing When she is born, she must obey her father When she is married, she must obey her husband And when she is widowed, she must obey her son, is how the book begins She tells the story of the first modern divorce in China in 1922, which is her story Womanhood, success, eastern values versus western values are all dealt with in this book Every American woman should read it.

    Emily
    This beautiful double memoir gives insight into the conflict between tradition and independence in the lives of two very different generations of women of one family a great aunt s story in early 20th century China and her great niece s story in the late 20th century America It was a quick read that offered a particularly interesting historical context for women in China at the end of the last dynasty and into the Republican Period.

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