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China Doll: Vol 1

Chan, Marjorie

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ISBN 10: 0920486835 / ISBN 13: 9780920486832
Published by J Gordon Shillingford Pub Inc, 2004
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Title: China Doll: Vol 1

Publisher: J Gordon Shillingford Pub Inc

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Brand New

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At the beginning of the 20th century in China, copies of Ibsen's A Doll House began circulating secretly amongst women in tea-houses. In China Doll, Marjorie Chan's first play, Ibsen is a catalyst for a young woman who comes to see her future in terms other than those laid out for her by the patriarchal society in which she lives. Su-Ling, an open-minded and intelligent young woman in Shanghai, has her feet bound by her grandmother, Poa-Poa. Despite the pain and the crippling effects, custom decrees that the smaller and daintier the foot, the more marriageable the woman. (The most desirable, "lotus feetâ" fit into lotus shoes only 3-4 inches long.) Poa-Poa has high hopes that her granddaughter will marry well and bring prosperity to them both. Then Su-Ling meets the merchant Li, who enlarges her world by teaching her to read. As Su-Ling grows into womanhood, she makes choices that lead her toward independence, and which have consequences for everyone in her world.

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Marjorie Chan is a playwright/performer from Toronto. She has extensive performance experience with Theatre for Young Audiences, delighting children from Moncton to Vancouver. In 2003, Marjorie was the recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in Theatre for Young Audiences. She has written several radio dramas for CBC Radio and conducted a collective creation project with teenagers called "Definitely Not Your Parents' Radio." China Doll (Scirocco Drama, 2004), her first stage play, was produced by Nightwood Theatre in 2004. It was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. Marjorie is also a contributor to Scirocco Drama's two-volume Where is Here? anthology with the play Spring Arrival.

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