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Despite the pain, millions of Chinese women stood firm in their devotion to the tradition

Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millennium

Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millennium. Despite the pain, millions of Chinese women stood firm in their devotion to the tradition

Chinese (Han) lady with bound feet in traditional costume. Qing dynasty

Footbinding in China involved breaking the arch of the foot and folding it backwards until a tiny index card appendage remained called "golden lotus feet.

Chinese women with the smallest feet were given the greatest chance of living a life of luxury and wealth but the process and results were agonising and dangerous.

The last of the women with bound feet: 102-year-old whose toes were be

The last of the women with bound feet: Chinese women with the smallest feet were given the greatest chance of living a life of luxury and wealth but the process and results were agonising and dangerous.

"Girl with bound feet 1870-1890. The feet would then regularly be unbound, washed and kneaded, with additional pain often caused by beating the sole of the foot to keep the bones broken. The feet were then rebound – ever more tightly each time. Whenever the binding session was over, the girl was immediately forced to walk on her feet to crush them further. None of this was carried out with any anesthetic."

“Girl with bound feet The feet would then regularly be unbound, washed and kneaded, with additional pain often caused by beating the sole of the foot to keep the bones broken. The feet were then rebound – ever more tightly each time.

Educators Are Creating “Who is American?” Chinese Exclusion Act Curriculum | CAAM Home

The Center for Asian American Media launched the “Who Is American?” campaign to spread educational outreach about “The Chinese Exclusion Act.

Exhibit exploring Chinese Exclusion Act opens in San Francisco

In San Francisco this week, a new exhibit opens that seeks to shed light on the struggles and successes of the Chinese American experience.

Chinese woman showing her bound foot. They were considered to be very beautiful & erotic.  The way they achieved this was barbaric, usually starting at an early age, maybe 3-6 yrs old and they'd bend the big toe under the foot binding it tighter and tighter as time went on. They would also break the arch of the foot. They had to be careful because the nails would grow into the foot causing an infection.  This was done to ensure the woman would find a suitable, affluent husband.

Chinese woman showing her little foot (lotus foot) as the result of foot binding

Brutal Practice for Beauty. Baron Raimund von Stillfried-Ratenicz - [Chinese Bound Foot, Shanghai

This is what every woman's feet looked like who had bound feet. Image from Baron Raimund von Stillfried-Ratenicz - [Chinese Bound Foot, Shanghai]

Ancient Chinese Inventions - full documentary... Interesting documentary about Chinese inventions.

Ancient History Civilizations - Ancient Chinese Inventions - full documentary. Interesting documentary about Chinese inventions.

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