My Sister's Feet

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My Sister's Feet

Rebekah King

Values: sisterhood, female heroism, the need for more stories about children with East Asian heritage. 

When I was nine, my family adopted my youngest sister from Guangdong, China. She was one the ‘lost girls’, given up because of the one-child policy. She grew up the only non-Caucasian child in her class. 

I had already adapted A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the ‘Young People’s Puppet Theatre’ when they asked me to write an original script. I set a story in China so that children of East Asian heritage would be given the rare chance to design and perform with characters who looked like them. 

In addition to my personal knowledge of China, I researched Chinese history: the appearance of the first giraffe in China, the horror of foot-binding, etc. My hero speaks the female poet Qiu Jin’s electric line: ‘Don’t tell me women are not the stuff of heroes!’ 

Through this tale, I’ve explored what sisterhood means to me: ‘we are allies in this life’. I want to empower her to be proud of both her cultures, and I want children who perform the play to know that anybody, even little Chinese girls, can indeed be the stuff of heroes.