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Chinese Women and Attire

Lara Allasia Women and Family in Chinese Society: East 2165 Dr. Davina Delia "Correct attire was regarded as the ultimate expression of Chinese culture and identity, differentiating them from 'inferior' foreign neighbors while making social and gender distinctions within their society. The clothing of bodies had specific cultural meaning, with properly attired bodies reflecting order and control and unadorned bodies and feet serving as visible signs of disorder and dangerous nonconformity with the individual risking association to barbarian outsiders." (Goody 1990: 49) Table of Contents · The Principal Dynasties of China Page 3 · Qing Dynasty and Manchurians 5 · The Sam 6 · Footbinding 7 · Fabrics 10 · The Qipao and Cheongsam 13 · Mao Zedong and The People's Republic of China 15 · Post Mao, The Reform Era 16 · Conclusion 23 · Bibliography 24 The Principal Dynasties of China Xia 1875 - 1550 BC Shang 1550 - 1050 BC Zhou 1050 - 256 BC Qin 221 - 206 BC Han 206 - 220 AD Three Kingdoms 220 - 265 Period of Disunion 265 - 589 Sui 589 - 618 Tang 618 - 907 Song 960 - 1279 Yuan 1279 - 1368 (Mongol conquest dynasty) Ming 1368 - 1644 Qing 1644 - 1911 (Manchu conquest dynasty) 17th Century thinker Wang Fuzhi: "Alas! What clothing represents to men's indeed great! What brings it respect is that is the repository of righteousness; and what brings love is that it is the store house of humanness. It is the axis of good and evil; the principle of life and death; the control between order and anarchy, the distinction between civilized and wild beings." Clothing is a means of suggesting individuality, status, wealth and taste as well as revealing a social and political identity. Dominant groups may coerce other groups into adopting a new appearance that will signify submission or th...

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