Catherine Dai has published other fiction with Bookman Books, including Under the Phoenix Tree and Sringara Tales. She resides and teaches in Taipei.
Preface to the New EditionThe Bound Feet stories were written about Taiwan during its period of transition in the 1980s, when it changed from being a predominantly agricultural country to an industrial one, from being governed by a military dictatorship to becoming the first democratic Chinese society. Many Taiwanese had been educated by the Japanese and continued to have close ties with Japan; others were going to the United States for higher education and returned with American notions of political progress. With the restoration of civil liberties, a growing sense of nationalism took hold among local people who were reclaiming their language and culture made from unique historical circumstances. At the same time, others were nostalgic for a disappearing way of life as the population grew, prosperity spread through a broadening middleclass, and property became expensive. The Bound Feet stories express these changes through the shifting relations between parents and children, women and men, locals and foreigners, and in the coming of age of the generation born in Taiwan of both Chinese and Taiwanese parents. In the text, the Wade-Giles Romanization system is often used to reflect the way in which Chinese words were rendered for non-Chinese speakers in Taiwan at that time.Catherine DaiTaipei, 2019
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