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By Donna Jo Napoli

YOUNG XING XING IS BOUND.

Bound to her father's moment spouse and daughter after Xing Xing's father has passed on to the great beyond. certain to a lifetime of servitude as a tender lady in historical China, the place the lifetime of a girl is valued lower than that of farm animals. absolute to be on my own and single, without mom and dad to rearrange for an appropriate husband. Dubbed "Lazy One" by way of her stepmother, Xing Xing spends her days taking good care of her part sister, Wei Ping, who can't stroll due to her foot bindings, the painful yet obligatory culture for women who're healthy to be married. then again, Xing Xing is content material, for now, to perform her reward for poetry and calligraphy, to are inclined to the mysterious yet appealing carp in her backyard, and to dream of a existence unbound through the legislation of relations and society.

But all of this is often approximately to alter because the time for the village's annual pageant attracts close to, and Stepmother, who has spent the vast majority of the family's funds, grows wanting to discover a husband for Wei Ping. Xing Xing quickly realizes that this greed and desperation could threaten not just her thoughts of the prior, but additionally her goals for the future.

In this searing tale, Donna Jo Napoli, acclaimed writer of Beast and Breath, delves into the roots of the Cinderella fantasy and finds a story as robust because it is regularly occurring.

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Nonetheless, China still has an image problem because of history, ideology, the psychological insecurity of smaller ASEAN states in dealing with a gigantic China and some other factors. Thus it is necessary for China to show its softer and the more benign side of its policy towards ASEAN. At the same time, all the non-security or non-military moves to promote socio-cultural cooperation between ASEAN and China regarding education, public health, entrepreneurship, civil service, people-to-people interactions and the like remain relevant and important.

See Plan of Action, in op. cit. 1 billion in 2005. While China’s investment in the ASEAN region was not substantial, totaling $158 million in 2005, it promised to increase its investment in the Southeast Asian region.  B It should be pointed out that there are still some residual problems in promoting security and strategic cooperation between ASEAN and China. Unlike economic cooperation, it is much more sensitive and difficult to have security cooperation. As such, ASEAN’s attempt to have security cooperation, especially that in the defense and military arena, is still in the exploratory stage.

Indd 159 2008-2-13 16:41:02 160 / Making New Partnership For ASEAN, it is perceived that a big change in ASEAN’s attitude towards China after the 1997 financial and economic crisis can be recognized, from being perceived as mainly a potential economic threat to a potential benefactor. , Japan and China. 4%. S. 3%.  A China’s Shifting Policy Since the mid-1990s, China has recognized the significance of a peaceful regional and neighbouring environment for her economic development and modernization.

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