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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (687 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pang-Mei Natasha Chang Narrator: Pang-Mei Natasha Chang Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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While Pang-Mei Natasha Chang was a Chinese Studies major at Harvard University, she stumbled across the name of her 83-year-old great aunt Chang Yu-i in a history book. Over the next several years, Pang-Mei spent long afternoons drawing forth her aunt's story. Born in Shanghai to a well-to-do family, Chang Yu-i lived a life of defiance, continually breaking class and culture barriers. Her saga, told touchingly by her first-generation, American-born niece, includes her marriage to the preeminent Chinese poet Hs| Chih-Mo, how she ran the Shanghai Women's Savings Bank in the 1930s, and how she endured the anguish of China's first Western-style divorce. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Trice | 2/17/2014

    " ***1/2 Finished Bound Feet and Western Dress today. It felt very conversational, as if you were sitting in on a conversation with Yu-i and Natasha, hearing how they struggled with their own identity, their own sense of self and cultural identity. Yu-i says that in traditional China a girl was nothing, and yet the girls in her family seem valued and well-loved, though due to the family's lack of resources at a critical point they don't end up with the same advantages of education as their brothers. It seemed to me that she was made nothing by the actions of a man seeking to be modern, seeking to be part of a world that he saw as valuing people individually, rather than according to duty and family. Although it is also through this man's actions that she eventually seizes upon her own identity and value and enters the broader world with full force. She is an amazing person in her strength and in her constant giving and support to those to whom she feels tied. I definitely feel the added insight into Chinese culture, into the feelings and reasons for action, that this book provides. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kat | 2/1/2014

    " One of the best books ever written, truly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenn | 1/28/2014

    " This was a book I had to read for a class a few years back. Not a book I would have picked on my own, but it was a very good book. All about Chinese culture and women...the dichotomy of bound feet and western dress. Very good story, and one that makes you appreciate our rights as women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cindy | 1/27/2014

    " Fascinating subject in its portrayal of a Chinese and a Chinese-American woman of two very different times. Certainly not without bias, but understandably so. Modern-day portion of narrative jarring and self-indulgent at times. "

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