Bound by Donna Jo Napoli

By Donna Jo Napoli


Bound to her father's moment spouse and daughter after Xing Xing's father has gave up the ghost. guaranteed to a lifetime of servitude as a tender lady in historic China, the place the lifetime of a girl is valued under that of cattle. guaranteed to be by myself and single, without mom and dad to rearrange for an appropriate husband. Dubbed "Lazy One" by way of her stepmother, Xing Xing spends her days caring for her part sister, Wei Ping, who can't stroll as a result of her foot bindings, the painful yet obligatory culture for ladies who're healthy to be married. nonetheless, Xing Xing is content material, for now, to perform her present for poetry and calligraphy, to are likely to the mysterious yet attractive carp in her backyard, and to dream of a existence unbound through the legislation of kinfolk and society.

But all of this is often approximately to alter because the time for the village's annual competition attracts close to, and Stepmother, who has spent the vast majority of the family's funds, grows desirous to discover a husband for Wei Ping. Xing Xing quickly realizes that this greed and desperation could threaten not just her thoughts of the previous, but in addition her goals for the future.

In this searing tale, Donna Jo Napoli, acclaimed writer of Beast and Breath, delves into the roots of the Cinderella delusion and finds a story as strong because it is common.

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Although Zang certainly transgressed certain moral and political standards of factory life during the Mao period, in other ways he was a victim. First, if we take his word about how he had been raped in the late 1940s and in 1950, he was a victim of sexual abuse. Second, like many others during the Mao years, the socialist planned economy forced him to live apart from his family for years at a time. After the factory moved from Nanjing to Xuchang, workers faced long-­term separation from their spouses.

Of the behaviors listed above, Zang has only confessed voluntarily to his political problems (in 1956) and to secretly listening to enemy radio broadcasts (after he was exposed [during the Cultural Revolution]). As for his hooligan crimes of perversion and sodomy, Zang deliberately concealed them. During the Cleansing the Class Ranks and One Strike, Three Anti campaigns, Zang colluded with others to form a united alliance. When accused by the authorities, he resisted by attempting suicide and fleeing the factory.

Zang was alleged to have exchanged his food ration tickets for millet in 1962; later he used his authority to arrange hardship subsidies for a friend, then used that same friend’s name to borrow money with which he ultimately purchased a radio for personal use. 37 In keeping with earlier confessions, Zang also revealed that, as early as 1960, he had listened to “enemy radio programs”—​including Voice of America, Voice of Free China, and broadcasts from the Soviet Union—​w ith a coworker. When Zang bought the coworker’s radio in September 1962, he was able to listen to broadcasts from both Taiwan (with difficulty) and the United States (clearly).

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