Footbinding Chapter Summary

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I enjoyed reading this novel very much. It was happier compared to other stories we have read this semester. When I had finished a majority of the book I was very confused as to why this was assigned to us. This book seemed outdated and I doubt I will have clients who are from this era. Footbinding is a very old custom that is no longer practiced; there may be one or two women who are still alive with bound feet. Also, the setting of this book was in the 1800s, China’s culture is significantly different now. I was thinking too immediate; through further introspection I realized these old outdated traditions are still in practice today in different forms. I would first like to say that I am so grateful footbinding is not practiced anymore. …show more content…
While reading, I often times found myself being thankful my culture is different. Then I realized my culture isn’t so different. Yes, women have more freedom in America compared to China during the time of the novel, but women are still subjects to a lot of oppression. An extreme example would be rape. There have been more sexual assaults on campus recently and, to my knowledge, there are a few which are not being reported. When the females do speak up, they are told not to report the sexual assault because there isn’t enough proof and it would be a waste of time. Basically, what I get out of this excuse is that them reporting sexual assault is …show more content…
Those ideas being, as previously stated, developing a close relationship with my client and forming a trusting bond. Snow Flower and the secret Fan highlighted how a strong bond between two people can be therapeutic and that is basically what a counseling relationship is. Also, the novel highlighted unsafe beauty practices that were used and this applies to today’s society as well. Unsafe beauty practices are still implemented; they are in a different form. Finally, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan teaches the lesson not to judge a book by its cover which holds true in counseling sessions as well. A counselor never knows the true conditions a client is dealing with regardless of their

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