The fates of local women in Fuzhou unfold in different styles at different times. Yet, as their stories are woven together through time and space, they form an increasingly complete and rich picture. Time and again, the women here achieve self-awakening and identity, even as their stories fade into oblivion again and again in the narrative of The Times. If history is a river, then these women's stories, like a small boat, circulate along the river, only to be forgotten again and again like drowning.

The headdress of Fuzhou women is three silver hairpins on the left, middle and right, more than eight inches long, looking like a knife, which Fuzhou people call "three hairpins", also called "three knives". These three hairpins are not just a simple headdress. About the origin of the "three knives" headdress, some people say that it originated from the ancient Min-Yue women who used to wear sharp weapons on their heads to ward off violence and chill their enemies. More people believe that it is related to an old legend: more than 400 years ago, during the Jiajing period of the Ming Dynasty, Japanese invaders attacked the outskirts of Fuzhou. Unwilling to be humiliated, rural women in Fuzhou carried short, sharp iron tools on their bodies to defend themselves against the enemy. Later, in order to carry them conveniently and conceal them, they turned these small iron tools into iron hairpins, which were inserted into their hair buns and used to defend themselves and kill the enemy, or even to commit suicide if they were having a hard time. Then gradually evolved into a sword-shaped headdress made of silver, with a strong symbolic decorative meaning.

Due to the tradition that men are superior to women, it has been a custom to drown baby girls in Fujian Province throughout history. History records, Shunzhi emperor came to the throne at the beginning of the prohibition of drowning baby girls. Qianlong twenty-four years is clearly ordered "never stop drowning female vice", Yongtai Songkou Town of the river, had experienced many such things.

Being the teacher of an emperor is as important on a historical and social level as being the teacher of a group of completely uneducated girls.

The same revolutionary fighters, the same newspaper pioneers, but not in the same temple to enjoy the same treatment. The rubble is small and large, but treated equally.

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