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Social Movement: A Ticking Time Bomb Or A Timeless Tradition

1528 words - 7 pages

Throughout history, discontent has been felt by various groups of people. This discontent could be generated by modernization or undesirable conditions. As a result, social movements are put into effect to bring similar peoples together to fight for a common cause. Traditional Chinese foot binding and the controversial Lost Boys of Sudan demonstrate this exact situation, reinforcing the idea that the concept of the social movement can be considered a cross-cultural phenomenon.
Written by Feng Jicai, The Three-Inch Golden Lotus centers around a woman named Fragrant Lotus, and the influence foot binding has on her life. At the beginning of the story, Fragrant Lotus is introduced as a young child who is raised by her grandmother, whom she affectionately calls Granny. As her sole caregiver, Fragrant Lotus places a great amount of trust in her Granny, but when the time came for her to have her feet bound, she is utterly terrified. Dating back to 961, foot binding was a practice deeply ingrained in Chinese culture, until its abolishment in the early 20th century. A very painful and tedious procedure, foot binding involved repeated breaking of the fine, unmatured bones of a young girl’s feet. The feet were then bound extremely tight with cloth strips until it was able to fit a three inch shoe. A custom passed from generation to generation, foot binding was viewed as the rite of passage from girl to woman. In addition, bound feet, also referred to as “lotus”, were viewed as a measure of a woman’s beauty and was a heavy determinant of her marriage capability. Granny, a wise woman, knew of the good fortune a perfect pair of lotus would bring, and painstakingly invested in her granddaughter’s future. What followed for Fragrant Lotus were months of intense and unwavering pain, and her relationship with Granny became very strained. It was not until others started to take notice of her exquisitely bound feet, and Fragrant Lotus realized their supremacy, that the pain began to subside. She begins to feel proud of her lotus and takes special care in maintaining them, which in turn, repairs the damaged relationship with her grandmother.
When Fragrant Lotus is a young woman, she begins to work for a business that specializes in the forgery of antiques. The owner, a wealthy and intelligent man named Tong Ren-an is a self-proclaimed “lotus lover” and quickly takes notice of Fragrant Lotus’s pristine feet. He becomes so enamored by these lotus, that he arranges a marriage between Fragrant Lotus and his eldest son, Shao rong. Many questioned why a prominent member of Tianjin’s intelligentsia would marry a peasant into his family, but they were unaware of how deep Tong Ren-an’s love of bound feet went, as the esteemed forger only allowed women with refined and elegant lotus to marry his sons. With the encouragement of her grandmother, Fragrant Lotus proceeds to marry Shao-rong and later becomes pregnant with her first child, a girl, whom she names Lotus Heart....

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