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Refashioning Suzhou: Dress, Commodification, and Modernity

Refashioning Suzhou: Dress, Commodification, and Modernity positions 11:2 © 2003 by Duke University Press positions 11:2 Fall 2003 Figure 1 “Ziyou tan: Nan nu zhi xin jiaoji” [Free talk: The new social intercourse between men and women], Shenbao, 21 June 1912. We now suddenly all find ourselves to be Republicans and want everything to be improved and made better, with the clothes on our backs being the most pressing concern of all. Let’s first mention the things that a lady can’t do without: a pair of sharp-toed, high-heeled, premium leather shoes; a pair of “violet mink” gloves; two or three plain or jewel-encrusted gold pins; a white lace . . . handkerchief; a pair of gold-rimmed, new-style eyeglasses; a curved ivory comb; and a silk kerchief. Now let’s address the things a man can’t do without: a Western suit, greatcoat, Western hat, and handkerchief, with the addition of a boutonniere, a pince-nez, and a few words of pidgin English.1 The recent lurch toward Republican government had occurred with surprising, almost casual swiftness so that even the most ardent revolutionary Carroll Refashioning Suzhou lady and gentleman of means may have been astonished to find themselves tyro Republicans. Yet, the material consequences of this political turn http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

Refashioning Suzhou: Dress, Commodification, and Modernity

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2003 by Duke University Press
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1067-9847
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1527-8271
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10.1215/10679847-11-2-443
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positions 11:2 © 2003 by Duke University Press positions 11:2 Fall 2003 Figure 1 “Ziyou tan: Nan nu zhi xin jiaoji” [Free talk: The new social intercourse between men and women], Shenbao, 21 June 1912. We now suddenly all find ourselves to be Republicans and want everything to be improved and made better, with the clothes on our backs being the most pressing concern of all. Let’s first mention the things that a lady can’t do without: a pair of sharp-toed, high-heeled, premium leather shoes; a pair of “violet mink” gloves; two or three plain or jewel-encrusted gold pins; a white lace . . . handkerchief; a pair of gold-rimmed, new-style eyeglasses; a curved ivory comb; and a silk kerchief. Now let’s address the things a man can’t do without: a Western suit, greatcoat, Western hat, and handkerchief, with the addition of a boutonniere, a pince-nez, and a few words of pidgin English.1 The recent lurch toward Republican government had occurred with surprising, almost casual swiftness so that even the most ardent revolutionary Carroll Refashioning Suzhou lady and gentleman of means may have been astonished to find themselves tyro Republicans. Yet, the material consequences of this political turn

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