Foreign Exchange: Counterculture behind the Walls of St. by Judith Liu

By Judith Liu

.cs95E872D0{text-align:left;text-indent:0pt;margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt} .csA62DFD6A{color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-family:Times New Roman; font-size:12pt; font-weight:normal; font-style:italic; } .cs5EFED22F{color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-family:Times New Roman; font-size:12pt; font-weight:normal; font-style:normal; } foreign currency echange is the tale of Yeh Yuanshuang and Dorothea Kingsley Wakeman and their reports on the American missionary university. based in 1875, the varsity that will turn into St. Hilda's college for women used to be meant to supply a robust, Christian schooling for its scholars. day-by-day student-teacher interactions, in spite of the fact that, created an atmosphere that allowed for a foreign currency echange which ended in the production of a brand new tradition that subverted either American and chinese language gender constructs. The partitions that surrounded the St. Hilda's compound not just served to guard the varsity from open air possibility, yet to additionally create an area the place new gender expectancies might be nurtured clear of the gaze of prying eyes. hence, the yank academics in addition to the chinese language scholars have been acculturated and socialized in ways in which liberated them from their respective patriarchal occasions. For Dorothea, serving as a instructor allowed her to stay unmarried but nonetheless be engaged in a certified occupation that might now not be as socially stigmatizing because it will be if she remained at domestic. As a instructor at St. Hilda's, not just was once she teaching a destiny new release of chinese language ladies, yet as an self sustaining girl who served in an enormous place, she was once an instance for the women at St. Hilda's what ladies may well do whilst given an schooling. For Yuanshuang, her schooling supply her with the potential to aspire to roles outdoors the culturally prescribed positions as daughter, spouse, and mom by means of giving her the highbrow instruments that enabled her to discover paintings as a instructor initially of the conflict of Resistance opposed to the japanese. Her involvement in class actions constructed self-reliance, independence, and management abilities that served her either in China and finally within the usa. Her schooling socialized her to American values and customs in order that whilst she arrived within the usa, she used to be in a position to adapt simply. Yuanshuang and Dorothea's tales additionally show the influence of the fashionable international on their mom and dad' iteration.

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Year-after-year, the Cai family would send more and more jewelry asking me to marry into the family sooner than age sixteen. Year-after-year my mother refused my pleas to accept it. “Don’t look at that jewelry as all important; those are just for appearances. Look to the inside! If you have talent, you can earn anything you want. With talent and education, you can earn enough to buy your own jewelry, but you can’t buy happiness. Happi- 1/ YEH YUANSHUANG 39 ness is the most important thing! ” Dexing’s concerns were not unfounded.

Not only does the wife have responsibility for managing the entire household, she must also hire, train, and supervise the servants. As the one who pays their wages, the wife maintains control over them. Working with the servants, Dexing had to plan the day’s meals, arrange for the procurement of household food and goods, and attend to the myriad details of daily life as well as keep a detailed accounting of expenses down to the last copper coin. With as many as thirty people in her household, including twelve servants (four females and eight males), Dexing had enormous responsibilities.

That is why I know who were such men as Zhang Zuolin, Wu Peifu, Feng Yuxiang, Liu Zhenhua—all well-known warlords during my youth. They were all in the newspaper. Because I read every single day, I knew these men’s names. She taught me a great deal. She also counseled me to “Remem- 42 FOREIGN EXCHANGE ber to control your temper; become educated. ” That is why I was so independent; my stepgrandmother and my mother taught me that. Once engaged, the intensity of Yuanshuang’s training increased as well.

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