Hong Kong CNN It was an excruciatingly painful practice that maimed the feet of millions of Chinese girls and women for centuries: foot-binding. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.
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Louisa Lim. Zhou Guizhen, 86, says she regrets binding her feet. Louisa Lim, NPR hide caption.
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Tiny "golden lotus" feet — achieved through breaking girls' toes and arches and binding them to the sole of the foot with cloth — were thought to be a passport to a better marriage and a better way of life. They were thought to be attracted to small feet," said Laurel Bossen, co-author of the new book "Bound feet, Young hands. Girls who had their feet bound didn't lead a life of idle beauty but rather served a crucial economic purpose, especially in the countryside, where girls as young as 7 weaved, spun and did work by hand, Bossen said.
Top definition. Foot Binding unknown. Painful tradition in China of binding young girls feet to keep them from growing, and maintain small sized feet.
For 1, years, a tradition based on the fetish of a 10th-century emperor condemned many Chinese women to a life of pain and impaired mobility. Miriam DonohueAsia Correspondent, talks to some elderly victims of foot-binding. Yuan Xiufen hobbles across her grey, spartan room in the Yi He old people's home in Beijing.
Molly: Today, we're gonna do a subject that has been requested a few times over the course of - of our history doing this podcast. And I hope that eventually we'll get to everyone's suggestions because you guys are full of good ones. But the one we're gonna discuss today is foot binding. Cristen: Yes, Chinese foot binding.
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