Foot binding was the custom of binding the feet of young girls painfully tight to prevent further growth. The practice likely originated among court dancers in the early Song dynasty, but spread to upper class families and eventually became common among all classes. The tiny narrow feet were considered beautiful and to make a woman's movements more feminine and dainty. Some elderly Chinese women still survive today with disabilities related to their bound feet.
The Education Issue: Studying Chinese to reach his parents
#Traveltex has made it all the way to China! Today he is scoping out the Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hopefully someone will teach him how to say "howdy folks" in Mandarin while he's sightseeing!
Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) is a multi-layered cross-cultural program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education. ' TCLP is designed to increase the number of Americans teaching and studying Arabic and Mandarin.