I spent the afternoon lazily and read a book called Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. I am wanting to better understand the Asian culture, and, since, the book is billed as historical fiction, it gave me some insights into nineteenth century China, and the changes that have taken place. I was startled to learn that one out of ten girls died from footbinding in the villages and across the whole of China. It is inconceivable to me to imagine how such a practice ever came about. She describes the process, and, again, I repeat that it is unimaginable. May those days be long gone.
Lisa See writes of showering the newly married with bamboo leaves as a symbol that their love will be as eternally fresh as the bamboo. Though many of the customs in this book make little sense to me, I do like this one.