University of Minnesota Press Additional Information. I was very interested in the arts that promote this practice, as well as how historically it was often difficult to prevent women from continuing the tradition. Wang, Ping, Aching For Beauty, Footbinding in China, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2000. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2017. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. While this book tells some things that were involved in the horrors of foot-binding, it is not a story, nor is it done in story form. As a side note I think some of the analysis in the book was farfetched and filler material for a thesis. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. By first examining the root of her own girlhood desire, Wang unleashes a fascinating inqu. The factual information is interesting, when you can find it. Table of Contents. There's a problem loading this menu right now. March 12th 2002 However, the topic was amazing and incredibly tense. In Aching for Beauty, Wang interprets the mystery of footbinding as part of a womanly heritage-"a roaring ocean current of female language and culture. This book reads more like a thesis and, in that, I was disappointed. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. If you read only that section out of the whole book, you would not have known. If you're trying to find a book that will educate you about the concrete whys and hows of foot binding you won't really find that here. Strongly recommended!! This book is packed with excellent information, well documented stuff on a phenomenon that is difficult to find info about beyond the stylized/theatrical versions of it. When Wang Ping was nine years old, she secretly set about binding her feet with elastic bands. She raises some interesting points, but this was too ponderous to be a good introduction to the topic. It is a real good book, and I recommend women with Chinese ancestors to read it. Aching for Beauty was a difficult book to read.. partly because it read like a doctoral dissertation and partly because the ideas presented were very disturbing to me. "Foot binding in a Ming dynasty cemetery near Xi’an, China." Ping's study is smart and interesting. For those looking for something that will "paint you a picture" of what it was like to have your foot bound, create an "atmosphere" of the culture and customs of foot-binding, etc...please look towards other books and also in the fiction section, because you will not find it in this informative and heavily-researched academic study. Unable to add item to List. Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2007. Please try again. Ping used literary sources such as novels, poems and pla. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published If you haven't heard of record-smashing singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, is there any hope for you? In this Book. After reading Lisa See's novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, I became fascinated with the chinese practice of foot binding. Aching For Beauty: Footbinding in China. I tried very hard to maintain an open mind about the practice of foot binding. However toward the middle I felt as if the author was meandering when it came to the main thesis, as it were. By first examining the root of her own girlhood desire, Wang unleashes a fascinating inquiry into a centuries-old custom. This book is packed with excellent information, well documented stuff on a phenomenon that is difficult to find info about beyond the stylized/theatrical versions of it. International journal of paleopathology 24 (2019): 79–88. The book reads much more like a very long psycho-analytical English essay that relies on a lot of assumptions to comment on foot binding than actual historical details and analysis of foot binding. ACHING FOR BEAUTY: FOOTBINDING IN CHINA Why did so many Chinese women over a thousand-year period bind their feet, enduring rotting flesh, throbbing pain, and hampered mobility throughout their lives? But it had a lot of historical information and insights into the custom of footbinding. This turned out to be a doctoral dissertation. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. In it's own way, it's a form of torture but it also gives insight to the treatment of women in old China. by Anchor. I found the information insightful and very helpful. but at that young age she desperately wanted the tiny feet her grandmother had?deformed and malodorous as they were. This book was informative without lapsing into too many stats or technical theories. It surprises me to see how she exaggerates matters given that she relies heavily on previous scholarship (that of Lydia Liu, for example) and quotes them everywhere. This I read for research for my latest book I am working on. Born in Shanghai and grew up in the East China Sea. Aching For Beauty: Footbinding in China ... and filled with personal and intriguing insights, Aching for Beauty builds bridges from past to present, East to West, history to literature, imagination to reality. I also liked the passages by other women describing their experiences. A fascinating look into a unique, yet painful tradition. Aching for Beauty was a difficult book to read.. partly because it read like a doctoral dissertation and partly because the ideas presented were very disturbing to me. Very interesting. I really wanted to understand the cultural and social reasons for it. It is wonderfully well-researched. Mariah Carey Is Telling Her Own Story (and Recommending Books). Some of the connections she makes, for example, the bound foot to the Lacanian phallus, speak to the work's origin as her dissertation, but overall her insights are well worth the time spent reading. If on the other hand you're interested in how Chinese literature sheds light on the supposed psyche and mores of Chinese men and women as it relates to foot binding you might enjoy it more. Aching for Beauty combines Wang’s unique perspective and remarkable literary gifts in an award-winning exploration of the history and culture surrounding footbinding. This is really a heart-touching story of footbinding ever happened in China, where beauty in women was measured by the size of their feet. By first examining the root of her own girlhood desire, Wang unleashes a fascinating inquiry into a centuries-old custom.