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Previously, Basha women began learning embroidery, spinning, weaving, and sewing from their mothers at a young age. After they wed, their main duty was childrearing. By custom, they never talked to strangers, attended school, or spoke Mandarin.
Now, many local women, especially adolescents, are developing career aspirations. From IP telephone kiosks in the county seat of Congjiang, the youth of Basha can connect to friends working elsewhere to find job opportunities.