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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 ChinaPage3 Qing Dynasty and Manchurians5 The Sam6 Footbinding7 Fabrics10 The Qipao and Cheongsam13 Mao Zedong and The Peoples Republic of China15 Post Mao The Reform Era16 Conclusion23 Bibliography24 The Principal Dynasties of China Xia1875 - 1550 BC Shang1550 - 1050 BC Zhou1050 - 256 BC Qin221 - 206 BC Han206 - 220 AD Three Kingdoms220 - 265 Period of Disunion265 - 589 Sui589 - 618 Tang618 - 907 Song960 - 1279 Yuan1279 - 1368 Mongol conquest dynasty Ming1368 - 1644 Qing1644 - 1911 Manchu conquest dynasty 17th Century thinker Wang Fuzhi Alas What clothing represents to mens 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 the acceptance of a new model of
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