Chinese Footbinding Essays

  • Chinese Footbinding

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    Chinese Footbinding In addressing the subject of footbinding, one primary difficulty becomes apparent - that much remains within the realm of the unknowable. Any factual knowledge about the practice may only be drawn from 19th- and 20th-century writings, drawings or photographs. In addition, many of these documents represent a distinctly Western point of view, as they are primarily composed of missionary accounts and the literature of the various anti -footbinding societies.[1] The historical

  • Chinese Footbinding

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    The ancient Chinese custom of footbinding caused severe life-long suffering for the Chinese women involved. When researching the subject of footbinding, one of the difficult things is finding factual knowledge written before the 20th century. Most of the historical data has been gathered from writings, drawings and photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries. Additionally, the research indicates that the historical documentation was mainly from missionary accounts and literature from various anti-footbinding

  • The Ancient Chinese Custom of Footbinding

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    The Ancient Chinese Custom of Footbinding The ancient Chinese custom of footbinding has caused severe life-long suffering for the Chinese women involved. The first documented reference to footbinding was from the Southern Tang Dynasty in Nanjing. It was introduced in the 11th century and spread from the ranks of the wealthy to those of more modest means to peasantry. A main reason women did this was for the pleasure of men. Men preferred women with small feet and sexual urges weren't present

  • Footbinding: Domination or Choice?

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    birth of footbinding, there are a few theories. One deals with the Shang dynasty's last empress' malformed feet. Some say she had club feet, bound them in attempts to distil beauty from malformation, and convinced her "spouse to make the compression of feet obligatory for young girls" (Levy, 37). Another scenario involves the Mongols attempting to impair the health of the Chinese women in order to weaken the Chinese. Still another theory, and possibly the most credible, involves the Chinese women

  • Footbinding John King Fairbank

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    Footbinding The republic of China officially banned the traditional Chinese practice of footbinding in 1911. In “Footbinding”, John King Fairbank tells the story of what he learned about the Chinese tradition of footbinding. Footbinding became popular and a symbol of upper-class status, but it then spread to the lower class and soon became a necessity for marriage. Footbinding started out as a sexual erotic way to control women but in turn was more harmful than good. The binding of feet is extremely

  • British-Chinese Relations in the Nineteenth Century and Alicia Bewicke Little's Novel, A Marriage in China

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    British-Chinese Relations in the Nineteenth Century and Alicia Bewicke Little's Novel, A Marriage in China The year was 1842, and Britain had just finished a successful military campaign in China, a campaign that also signified a rather humiliating defeat for the Chinese army. The first Opium War reestablished Britain's profitable opium trade routes from India to China, and also established a new mode of British-Chinese relations, one that resulted in British control of the new colony of Hong

  • The Changing Image of Women Position in Chinese Film Since 1950s

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    The Changing Image of Women Position in Chinese Film Since 1950s Since 1950s, after the Chairman Mao Zedong’s Yanán conference, art and literature had strictly become tools of promoting the ideology of Communist Party, that is, the product of art and literature in China can be classified as highly popanganda. Chairman Mao Zedong and his Communist Party strongly suggested the equality of both genders - male and female. To promote Mao’s theory, certain kind of strong female character's image had

  • History of the Tibetan Genocide

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    China. During the first few years when China was in control of Tibet, the Chinese declared that Tibet should be part of China, because an Emperor of Tibet once married a Chinese princess. Years later, the Chinese said that Tibet was part of China because of the warrior Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan and the Mongolians were in control of Tibet, but they never made Tibet belong to China. Secondly, the Tibetan people and the Chinese are totally different, culturally and socially speaking. Both peoples have

  • First Draft: Chinese Eunuchs in the Mid to Late Qing Dynasty

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    Introduction Chinese eunuchs were the original gate-keepers of the imperial palace, menial servants in the imperial harem, and messengers between the emperor, his concubines, and the imperial court. The Chinese inscriptions combing the graphs for ‘male reproductive organ’ and for ‘knife’ have been found on oracle bones dating from about 1300 BCE.1 The context of the inscriptions generally indicates that the castration of captured prisoners of differing ethnicities existed at this early date.2 The

  • Chinese Dynasties

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    Chinese Dynasties: 1. Shang: Also called Yin, dynasty that was China's earliest historically verifiable state 1766 B.C. to 1122 B.C. A. Reason's for Rise: Unlike the early accounts of history by the Chinese, there is archaeological evidence of the Shang, who built their cities in northern China around the eastern parts of the Yellow River. For this reason they are called the Yellow River civilization. They were a bronze age people; bronze-working seems to have entered China around 2000 BC (about

  • Ancient Chinese Fashion

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    Ancient China had a different style of clothes than the United States. The clothes worn all depended on which the dynasty or year they were in. Chinese people always took in the styles, which they were supposed to wear very quickly, although the dynasties changed. In many ways the items they wore had a connection with demons and/or evil spirits. The Ancient Chinese had a very unique sense of style. Clothes Clothing embroided the harmonious relationship between nature and people. Peasants and regular

  • Investigating the Osmotic Values of Chinese Radish and Potato Cores

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    Investigating the Osmotic Values of Chinese Radish and Potato Cores Osmosis is the movement of water from an area of high water potential (Ψ) to an area of low water potential through a selectively permeable membrane. The diagrams above shows that only the water molecules can move quickly through the pores in the selectively permeable membrane. The sugar molecules (glucose arde too big to move through the gaps withease. Since there is a higher water potential on the left-hand side more water molecules

  • Chinese Entrepreneurs in Singapore: Paths to Success

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    Chinese Entrepreneurs in Singapore: Paths to Success Due to the economic hardships and threat of Japanese invasion in China in the first half of the 20th century, many men left their homeland in search of success and opportunities abroad. One of the places that many of them migrated to was Singapore. This new and foreign place was fraught with obstacles; however, some of these Chinese men eventually achieved great success. The success of these Chinese entrepreneurs in Singapore was not only

  • Anti-Chinese Riots Happening in Washington State

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    Anti-Chinese Riots Happening in Washington State In the last decades of the 19th century, anti-Asian backlash fueled by high unemployment which increased resentment against Asian settlers, anti-Asian legislation, and growing nativism, erupted into violent riots in Washington State. Throughout the 1880s, thousands of Chinese laborers were especially targeted for murder, assault, and forced evacuation all across the state. The reasoning behind and the implications of these acts of violence

  • Chinese-American Culture in Understanding Bone

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    What culture they had was to be forgotten – a difficult and practically impossible feat. The Chinese-Americans faced a wall of cultural difference that could only be scaled with the support of their parents and local community. The book review of Bone by Nhi Le stated clearly how “ … the first generations’ struggle to survive and the second generations’ efforts to thrive … ” made the transition into American culture possible. Overcoming barriers such as language, education, work ethic, and sex roles

  • Chinese Mothers and their American Daughters in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

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    Chinese Mothers and their American Daughters in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club ““No choice! No choice!” She doesn’t know. If she doesn’t speak, she is making a choice. If she doesn?t try, she can lose her chance forever. I know this because I was raised the Chinese way: I was taught to desire nothing, to swallow other people?s misery, to eat my own bitterness. And even though I taught my daughter the opposite, still she came out the same way! Maybe it is because she was born to me and

  • Differences and Similarities between China and the USA

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    people and Chinese people are all generally nice and friendly. Since I arrived here, I have had to use English and faced a completely new environment. Almost all Americans whom I have met are willing to help; they accompanied me to apply for my Wild Card (the student ID in our school), helped me answer phones, and explained things patiently to me. Without their help, I cannot imagine how I could have gotten through the first half year of my stay. To me, Americans are as nice as Chinese. On the other

  • Leisure Time of Chinese and Other International Students

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    Leisure Time of Chinese and Other International Students Introduction: The topic of our research is about 'Do Chinese students spent less leisure time than other international students'. The purpose of our research is to see what are the changes of the Chinese Students' Leisure life before and after their arrival in Stirling? We are aiming at finding out the reasons behind these changes also. That means there are two parts of our research: the first part is what are the changes? And

  • Chinese Car Companies Soon To Make Waves In United States

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    Chinese Car Companies Soon to Make Waves in United States Audience: class and instructor Topic: Chinese car companies coming to United States Specific Purpose: To inform audience about the benefits and disadvantages that Chinese car companies have in coming to United States Thesis: Even though there is a lot of skepticism towards Chinese car companies making a foothold in the American car market, with the right marketing and not rushing into the market, there is a good chance that the Chinese

  • Chinese and American Cultures

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    Chinese and American Cultures Chinese-Americans authors Amy Tan and Gish Jen have both grappled with the idea of mixed identity in America. For them, a generational problem develops over time, and cultural displacement occurs as family lines expand. While this is not the problem in and of itself, indeed, it is natural for current culture to gain foothold over distant culture, it serves as the backdrop for the disorientation that occurs between generations. In their novels, Tan and Jen pinpoint