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My brother’s girlfriend…

March 28, 2011

Is very interesting.  She is Chinese and has so many stories to tell about her family in China.  Yesterday she told us how her Grandma was married off when she was 4 years old in exchange for two bags of sweet potatoes!   She was treated like a slave up until she was about 16 years old when she was legally married to her arranged husband, she lived a better life from then on I think.   She also played us a lullaby on the piano that her grandfather composed during the civil war/unrest in China which he went to prison for as they considered it to be secret Capitalist propaganda!  Part of his imprisonment included physical slave labour on farmland.  She also told us that in the times when they would bind the feet of little Chinese girls (as they did to her grandmother who later cut off the binds as she couldn’t do her master’s housework) most houses had a very high step at the entrance/exit of the house so it meant they literally had to be lifted by their husbands to leave the house.  The whole reason behind binding girl’s feet was so they couldn’t runaway from their husbands!  What hell to be so subjugated!

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  1. April 13, 2011 11:18 pm

    So wild!!

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