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Untwisting the Pastry

Rana Mitter: Footbinding and Its Critics, 11 May 2006

Cinderella’s Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding 
by Dorothy Ko.
California, 332 pp., £18.95, December 2005, 0 520 21884 1
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... for so long that it seems refreshingly iconoclastic. In Cinderella’s Sisters, Dorothy Ko, who teaches Chinese history at Columbia, takes on one of the remaining big taboos: footbinding. ‘Condemnation seems the goal of history,’ Ko writes on the first page, but she seeks ‘an alternative ...

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