THE LAST GENERATION: The lives of Foot-Bound Women

By Jiangli Tian

THE LAST GENERATION: The lives of Foot-Bound Women

 

In old world China, small feet epitomized feminine beauty. Foot binding was a symbol of status and refinement. Widely seen as barbaric, the practice was banned in 1912. Some of those women who endured this painful tradition are alive still today.

As empires and governments collapsed, these women have fought to survive. Confronted by the tragedies of world war, civil war and revolution, they struggled over more than a century, for themselves and for their families. Now today, these living remnants of a world long gone, stand witness to the rise of modern China.

For those who endured it……the experience of foot binding was painful, difficult, and barbaric.

Credit

A documentary made by Jiangli Tian
Voice over: Johanna Tucker