Yang Zhaoshi's story: tiny feet, enormous brutality

Our China correspondent meets one of the few women alive who were forced to have their feet bound

Yang Zhaoshi (aged 99 at time of photograph) relaxes in the courtyard of her traditional-style ancestral home in Liuyi Village, Yunnan Province, China. Her eldest son, who is 83, sits behind
(Image credit: Gary Michael Jones)

IT IS STILL possible in today's China of cloud-busting skyscrapers, superfast bullet trains and glitzy shopping malls to be brought up short by the brutal traditions of the past.

I found Yang Zhaoshi perched on a rattan chair in the courtyard of her family home in a farming village in Yunnan province. "I can't really remember how old I am," she told me. "But I know I was born in the year of the ox."

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