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Chinese foot binding was a common practice in the 1800s. The practice created tiny stumps of feet by breaking bones and wrapping the feet tightly. It was very painful, and made the women unable to walk properly. But the bound feet were prized by the wealthy class as the ultimate sign of feminine beauty. The custom was banned in 1919. This public radio story features women whose feet were bound talking about the pros and cons of the old tradition.
Story Length: 5:48
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AIR DATE: 03/19/2007