If you read Good Chinese Wife, you might remember the quirky quotes I list throughout the book. They’re from Ban Zhao, the first female historian in China, and her book, Instructions for Chinese Women and Girls.
When walking, look straight, turn not your head;
Talking, restrain your voice within your teeth;
When pleased, laugh not aloud;
If angry, still make no noise.
Now Instructions has been re-released by the good people at Camphor Press and they asked me to write the introduction!
It was so much fun to write the introduction and to learn about the translator, Esther Jerman Baldwin, an American missionary who lived in China for 18 years at the turn of the century more than 100 years ago. I write as much about Esther Baldwin as I do Ban Zhao, along with a little anecdote about how I came across Instructions for Chinese Women and Girls in the first place.