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Do you know much about foot binding or calligraphy?

Do you know much about foot binding or calligraphy?

In novel studies this term we have been reading Chinese Cinderella. It is about an unwanted chinese girl and her struggle to prove her worth. The book had many aspects of chinese culture. We researched Calligraphy and Foot Binding. We found some really interesting information we’d like to share.

 

Calligraphy is an ancient Chinese tradition. In China, Calligraphy is considered the highest level of art. Unlike any other writing it is thought to be better than a painting or sculpture. Calligraphy has been done since 3000 years ago and at first was done on large animals shoulder bones or turtles shells which  was called shell and bone script. Calligraphy is a thing that is done using a bowl of ink, a brush and often a bowl of water if they had access to it. In China calligraphy used to be done with paper made of rice or hemp. Calligraphy has evolved and the modern version of it is sometimes called Hand Lettering. Hand Lettering is a way of making writing aesthetically pleasing.  It can include flourishes,accents and embellishments.  

 

Foot binding was a popular tradition in China. Young girls from the ages four to nine had their feet bound. Most binding was done during the Winter, as the coldness numbs their feet so they feel a lot less pain. They bound it by breaking every toe except the big toe and then folding it under the sole of their foot. Someone (parents even did it)  then broke the arch of the foot and their feet were then compressed with bandages to keep the form of their modified feet. One of the reasons foot binding was done was because people found it attractive if women had their feet bound. It also showed the family’s high status and that those women didn’t need their feet to work, so they were really important.

 

There are many health issues with binding feet. The main problem with binding feet was the infections caused by it. The women’s toenails would often grow inwards, causing infection in the foot. For this reason, some girl’s toenails were taken off altogether. If the infection in the feet and toes entered the bones, it often resulted in the arch softening even more and whole toes dropping off. This was actually seen as a good thing, as it meant that the foot could be bound even tighter. Because of the tight binding on the feet, circulation to the toes was mostly cut off and any toe injuries were unlikely to heal and the flesh sometimes rotted. Foot binding became very popular back then in China, women who didn’t need their feet required in their job and who were wealthy most of the time got their feet bound.  by Natalya, Alice, Sienna S, Tara and Jaemi.

Literature that leads to deep inquiry

Literature that leads to deep inquiry

The Ruby Talisman

Blog post written by Izzy

At school, we have started our novel study.  There were four novels available to read:

  • The ruby talisman
  • Chinese cinderella
  • The boy who dared
  • Shahana

I am currently reading the book “The Ruby Talisman“. The Ruby Talisman is about the french Revolution. Tilly, a girl from the modern day finds a family treasure (the ruby talisman). She is transported back in time to the 18th century at the beginning of the french revolution. she and meets Amelie-Matilde, her ancestor who is being forced to marry an old, stinky and horrible man. Together, with hernri, amelies cousin they embark on dangerous journey across the country. Here is the blurb.

“Tilly visualised the pendant, recreating its crimson fire. She felt herself swimming down, down into a deep, vivid dream.”

Tilly falls asleep wishing she could escape to a more adventurous life. In 1789, Amelie-Mathilde is living in luxury at the palace of Versailles- but her guardians want her to marry the horrible Chevalier. she falls asleep wishing someone would rescue her.

Tilly wakes up beside Amelie-Mathilde. The timing couldn’t be worse. starving peasants are rioting and the palace is in chaos. Tilly knows Amelie and her cousin Henri must escape if they are to survive the Revolution. With mutinous villagers, vengeful servants and threats at every turn, will they ever reach safety?

All of our novels are linked to our current UOI unit “Governments and power“. The ruby talisman is focused on the ruling of a royal families back in the 18th century in France, opposed to the democratic Australia we live in now. I found it interesting to compare the different governments because it showed how governments have changed and how they are still the same. I don’t know much about the current government in France, but I am sure it is very different to what it was back in the 18th century at the start of the French Revolution.

I have enjoyed reading about the French Revolution because it really gave me a good idea of what happened. The author describes in great detail the majestic castle of Versailles and the beautiful jewellery and clothing people wore, as well as all the wonderful people and all of the surroundings. This really helped me to picture everything in so much more detail. I learnt so much more about the levels of government and how that meant your treated back then. I also learnt something about the different laws and punishments in 18th century France.

Here is a picture of The front cover of the book “The Ruby Talisman“.

Q and A

Q and A

Last week we had an invaluable experience asking questions at a Q and A session with 3 staff members who have lived in other countries. We asked them many open ended questions about their country and the government in it.

What would you ask someone about the government in their country?

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