By Donna Jo Napoli
YOUNG XING XING IS BOUND.
Bound to her father's moment spouse and daughter after Xing Xing's father has kicked the bucket. sure to a lifetime of servitude as a tender lady in historic China, the place the lifetime of a lady is valued under that of cattle. sure to be on my own and single, with out mom and dad to rearrange for an appropriate husband. Dubbed "Lazy One" through her stepmother, Xing Xing spends her days caring for her part sister, Wei Ping, who can't stroll due to her foot bindings, the painful yet obligatory culture for ladies who're healthy to be married. nonetheless, Xing Xing is content material, for now, to perform her present for poetry and calligraphy, to are likely to the mysterious yet attractive carp in her backyard, and to dream of a lifestyles unbound by way of the legislation of relatives and society.
But all of this is often approximately to alter because the time for the village's annual competition attracts close to, and Stepmother, who has spent the vast majority of the family's cash, grows eager to discover a husband for Wei Ping. Xing Xing quickly realizes that this greed and desperation may possibly threaten not just her thoughts of the previous, but in addition her desires for the future.
In this searing tale, Donna Jo Napoli, acclaimed writer of Beast and Breath, delves into the roots of the Cinderella fable and finds a story as robust because it is wide-spread.
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85 Instead of recommending an all-embracing project for constructing public health in China, as was often claimed by Dr. Wu Liande and some other scholars, the plague conference recommended that the Qing government should institutionalize the notification and management of infectious disease. Partially accepting this suggestion, the newly established Republican government created the North Manchurian Plague Prevention Service in the following year, with Dr. Wu as its director. This service was placed under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the foreign-controlled Maritime Custom Service financially supported it until 1929.
The local magistrate and chief of police were invited to look into the microscope and convince themselves of the true cause of the plague. Their collective skepticism, however, made Dr. ”16 The microscope could make visible both the plague-causing organisms and their channel of transmission, but it could have only very limited influence on people’s beliefs and prior knowledge, not to mention their entrenched ways of coping with epidemic disease. The problem of learning new knowledge was not restricted to the Chinese people; foreign doctors trained in modern methods also learned CHAPTER 2 26 the hard way about the pneumonic nature of the plague.
Wu’s old friends in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who had sought his assistance in the first place, did not need the microscope to be convinced that it was a pneumonic plague. As the tragic death of Dr. Mesny SOVEREIGNTY AND THE MICROSCOPE 27 further confirmed their trust in Dr. Wu, they were eager to turn Dr. Wu’s discovery into effective antiplague measures in order to resolve the sovereignty crisis. In a telegram to Vice Minister Shi Zhaoji, Dr. ”19 It was very daring for a young, inexperienced physician such as Dr.
Bound by Donna Jo Napoli