Ties That Bind, Ties That Break Comic Strip

Ties That Bind, Ties That Break Comic Strip
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Comic strip for Independent reading assignment.

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  • Ailin is the third daughter of the second son in a wealthy Chinese Family. In China at this time, they believe that a woman needs to have bound feet so she can marry a rich husband. Ailin refuses to have her feet bound. 
  • But I will never be able to run again!
  • You must have your feet bound! Otherwise, we cannot marry you off into a good family.
  • Ailin's father decides that she will not have her feet bound. Instead, because she enjoyed her family school, he decides to send her to an international public school where she can study to be an English teacher. 
  • English 
  • Ailin, you are very good at repeating sounds. 
  • After Ailin's father dies, the head of her household, Ailin's uncle, tells her he can no longer afford to pay for her schooling. He gives her three options of what girls with unbound feet can do. She can be a nun, a farmer's wife, or a concubine (a servant for another household who is only there to have children). She finds a way to become an Amah (a nanny). 
  • I will never be a nun, a farmer's wife, or a concubine. I am going to be an Amah. 
  • You must choose one, Ailin. You can be a nun, a farmer's wife, or a concubine. 
  • My name is Ailin, but my English family calls me Eileen. 
  • After being a nanny for the Warners in China for 3 years, the Warners are able to move back to San Fransico. Ailin moves with them and on the boat ride to California, she meets a boy named James Chew. They quickly become friends and he encourages her to find his grandfather's restaurant in Chinatown where he works.
  • Hi, my name is James Chew.
  • Yes!
  • After living in San Fransisco for a year, the Warners are moving back to China for their job. They ask Ailin to come with them, but she decides to stay and marry James.
  • Ailin, will you marry me?
  • Two years later, Ailin and James have started their own restaurant in Chinatown. Ailin says, "I'm proud of the hard work I did because by standing on my own two feet, I helped my husband make this restaurant a success. By standing on my two big feet." (151)
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