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Bound Feet & Western Dress

Chang, Pang-Mei Natasha

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ISBN 10: 0385479638 / ISBN 13: 9780385479639
Published by Bantam Dell Pub Group, New York, 1996
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Near Fine Book Stated First Edition, First Printing September 1996, 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 215 clean tight unmarked pages, red end pages, 8 full pages of b/w photos in the mid section, cream color speckled boards with tan 1/4 cloth spine, bright orange lettering stamped on the spine, jacket is unclipped with a b/w photo of a Chinese woman with Chinese lettering on the front, a burgundy square gold outlined box on the front with the title inside, raised gilt design around the top and bottom of the spine, 0996 on inside back jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 001416

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Title: Bound Feet & Western Dress

Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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"In China, a woman is nothing." Thus begins this harrowing dual memoir that braids the story of Chinese-American Pang-Mei's own search for identity with the dramatic tale of her great-aunt, Chang Yuyi, born at the turn of the century in tradition-bound China. In alternating voices, Pang-Mei captivates the reader as she tells the story of Yuyi's battle with her mother to stop the painful foot-binding process, the first in a series of rebellions that marked her extraordinary life. This deeply textured portrait of Chinese life in the perilous years between the fall of the last emperor and the Communist Revolution captures, above all, the struggle of fiercely independent women emerging from centuries of customs and ideals, both subtle and pronounced.

In pitch-perfect prose and vivid detail, Bound Feet And Western Dress is about the power of storytelling as Yuyi confides her innermost dreams and demons with her brilliant and assimilated American-born niece in this splendiferous literary debut.


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, including president of a bank. Written by Yu-i's great niece, Pang-Mei Natasha Chang, Bound Feet and Western Dress chronicles the life of this exceptional woman.

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