In the video below, writer/ performer Yang-May Ooi tells the story of her great-grandmother that inspired her to write Bound Feet Blues.
The show was only one hour long so I made certain artistic choices in portraying my great-grandmother in the theatre performance. Her story is incomplete in the show because I wanted the audience to stay with the moment of transformation rather than seeing how her story ends.
The book of Bound Feet Blues takes great-grandma’s story and extends and deepens it at the more leisurely pace that a long read can offer. So for those of you who
want to find out what happens to my great-grandmother after she reaches Malaya from China, the book fills in all the details. If you haven’t seen the show, it doesn’t matter because great-grandma’s full story unfolds in the book from beginning to end.
Check out the video above for more discussion and background.
If you missed the show, you can still discover the story for yourself in the book. The book stands alone as a distinct work from the show.
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