In 1724, the Qing court banned Catholicism in China because of a ritual dispute with the Holy See Appeared, and this is also the beginning of people generally believed that the Qing dynasty government really shut down the country. The consequence of this policy was that the Qing Dynasty’s information was blocked and the country’s development power was stalled. And because of the seclusion of the country, people overseas are more interested in China, the mysterious country, especially curious about the mysterious Orientals. In the same way, foreigners who came to China by Chinese people often point their fingers. After seeing this, two American brothers came up with the idea of making money, which is to bring Chinese girls to the United States for exhibitions.
In the late 18th century, a large number of Americans looked at China A large number of products were sold, and a pair of American brothers also started to do import business. In 1832, the American brothers came to Guangzhou, China to do business. When they were walking on the street, they received a lot of attention, which made them very unhappy. But when they went back, they suddenly thought of a way to make money. Since the Chinese are so curious about foreigners, aren’t Americans also curious about the Chinese! So they bought a late Qing girl from a poor family locally.
In 1834, the Carney brothers took the Chinese girl When she traveled overseas, in order to make her address more convenient, she gave her a name Afong Moy, which is called 梅阿芳 in Chinese. A Fangmei was only 19 years old when she came to the United States. In order to increase her mystery, the Carney brothers lied that she was the daughter of the prince. They posted a picture of Mei Afang in the newspaper to increase her exposure, and packaged her as an exhibit of Chinese ladies. Everyone is very curious about this mysterious woman from the East, so many people watch Mei Afang.
The Carney brothers looked at Mei Afang so popular, I am even more concerned about her, and set the exhibition time every day. From 10 am to 2 am, it would cost 25 cents to see Mei Afang, and from 5 pm to 9 pm, the price doubled to 50 cents. They treated Mei Afang as a commodity for an exhibition, put her in a cage and forced her to perform, and they also used Mei Afang’s three-inch golden lotus as a selling point. As long as someone paid a higher price, they could see the real Three inches of golden lotus.
The Carney brothers looked at Mei Afang so popular, She was brought out to perform in all the downtowns of the United States, wherever she went, she would attract a lot of attention. The Carney brothers relied on Mei Afang to make a lot of money. Of course, their behavior was condemned by some society. Because of the three-inch golden lotus, they felt that Mei Afang was a girl with a deformity. A reporter even thought that Mei Afang was treated inhumanly by the Carney brothers. Although we don’t know what Mei Afang experienced at the time, as long as he is a normal person, he would not be willing to be exhibited like an animal, especially to expose his most painful side.
Mei Afang’s life lasted more than ten years like this It was not until the outbreak of the Opium War that the Qing court had to open its doors, and as Americans learned about the Chinese, their curiosity about Chinese women became less serious. The popularity of Mei Afang’s exhibition has gradually declined, but no one knows where Mei Afang went out afterwards. Maybe he met a beloved man in the United States who stayed with him for his whole life, maybe he was saved by the Chinese who were in the United States, or maybe he still stayed in the United States and lived a painful life in a place that most people don’t know.
If you fall behind you will be beaten, and why China has that The dark period of being colonized was due to the inaction of the Qing court. In fact, no matter whether it is a country or an individual, if it only focuses on the immediate interests and stops moving forward, it will naturally be surpassed by others in the future, and will be ridiculed by others. Now that our country’s development is getting better and better, other countries don’t dare to look down upon us anymore, then we have to follow the country’s footsteps.