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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
In nineteenth-century China, Lily, seven, is paired with a laotong, another little girl called Snow Flower, for an emotional match. Snow Flower introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan, on which she has written a poem in nu shu (a language created by Chinese women to communicate in secret and that the most educated of them used to teach to their daughters). They take turns in writing on the fan. From Daughter days to Sitting Quietly days, the gir...


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