Numerous studies have been written about the practice of footbinding and the movements against it, with Dorothy Ko’s 2005 book Cinderella’s Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding , the best-known. One may raise the question whether new approaches can be developed to shed new light on this much-studied field. The strength of this new study by Yang Xingmei lies not in providing a new approach or posing a new research question, but in her detailed research of the formation and transformation of the “anti-footbinding” discourse as well as the policies to eradicate the footbinding practice adopted by the Nationalist government, provincial governments, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Republican period. Those who are looking for the female voice will be disappointed by the study’s conventional top-down approach. But for those who are interested in government regulation of women’s bodies in Republican China, ranging from education and persuasion to legislation and coercion, as well as the regional variations of regulation, this study presents the most comprehensive picture of the anti-footbinding campaigns thus far. This book is divided into seven chapters, plus a conclusion. The first two chapters deal with the formation of the “anti-footbinding” discourse and the
NAN NÜ – Brill
Published: Sep 10, 2014
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