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Some lessons in history

June 30, 2017

The society has progressed, and we are living in a better material world than ever before. However, when it comes to certain customs and traditions, it seems that what you wear reflects on what you’d like to present yourself to others, and how you’d intend to integrate with the rest of the world.

Recently I’ve researched some old Chinese customs about their costumes and appearance that men and women had to abide by at certain historical period, which seems rather peculiar now. For example, in Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), men were forced to wear their hair in queues, which means the hair on top of the scalp is grown long and is often braided while the front portion of the head is shaved. This was a symbolism of the conquest of Manchus in China. It was thought that this kind of hairstyle caused a lot of bullying on early Chinese immigrants in overseas countries, because they looked so different in a common territory. For women, through several dynasties in Chinese history, until early twentieth century, women had to bind their feet to the extent that they could not walk properly and suffered from severe disabilities, not to mention that the binding belt was so filthy to wear daily that it led to other health hazards. Later on, those harmful customs and the ideology behind them were abolished in early twentieth century, when a revolution took place that overthrew the ruling of the Qing dynasty.

History is a mirror, it’s often heartening but teaches us good lessons. While we feel fortunate to live in a more civilised society today, we should not forget those who had fought for a better life for their next generations.

  1. “We should not forget those who had fought for a better life for their next generations.” So true!!

    • Cuckoo Zhiyou permalink

      Thank you the runaway palate for reading my posts and commenting. It’s much appreciated. Wish you have a great time for blogging as well!

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