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Samuel Wagner 10967737 GenEd 111 11/28/07 Bound Feet and Western Dress In the early and mid 1900’s Chinese culture went under some drastic changes to the way they lived their day to day lives. The most significant of these changes was the roles of women in society. Pang-Mei’s book Bound Feet and Western Dress tells the story of how her great-aunt Chang Yu-i went through these times and helped to change the way she and other women lived in society. The story also tells how Pang-Mei formed a relationship with Yu-i and learned about her own culture as a Chinese-American. Yu-i was born in the early 1900’s and was raised by a wealthy family in the small country of Boashan outside of Shanghai. She grew up in a family of twelve children eight boys and four girls. Yu-i’s father was named Baba who was a very traditional man and was very strict on his kids. When Yu-i was growing up women were the lowest in the social classes. Women were so low in the social standings that Yu-i and her sisters were considered quests in her own house and her mother would say that she had eight children instead of twelve. During this time period all of that changed and women were allowed to choose who they married and if they wanted a divorce. Yu-i was a very rebellious woman for her time.
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course GEN ED 111 taught by Professor Faunce during the Spring '07 term at Washington State University .

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