1895 - 1900 Chinese American Man's Slippers

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 9/3/2020

Mr. Lee only wore these slippers in his home or with his traditional Chinese clothes on special occasions. The slipper sole was thick, flat, inelastic, and shorter than the upper sole to give enough spring for walking. For much of his early life, the Chinese New Year was Lee’s only day of rest from the Quong Yuen Shing & Co. general store and a time when he might wear these slippers.

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