Fashion is a mighty strange thing, doubly so when it leaves the fashion-follower permanently disabled, and quadruply so when the fashion lasts for a thousand years.
A 102-year-old is thought to be one of the few remaining women in China who has bound feet.
Han Qiaoni, from Yuxian County in northern China`s Shanxi Province, had her feet broken and bound when she was just two years old.
[Meet the last of China`s women to have her feet bound, Daily Mail, September 23, 2013]
Chinese women were still hobbling around on bound feet well within living memory. My first landlady in Hongkong had bound feet. That was 1971. “She comes from a backward region,” Chinese friends explained to me apologetically. Among urban and educated Chinese, the practice was pretty much shamed out of existence in the later 19th century.
I can see the poor woman now, clicking down the hall on her non-feet. Her name was Mama Lee. That was how it was printed on her business cards, ???. Mind if I feel old for a few minutes? Thanks.