Shi was born in 1955, and as a little child, she experienced the famine and grew up in the village commune. Although she attended the village school, she did not achieve the high grades of Shun and even when she was only 11 started working on the land. She was soon apprenticed to a tailor. The chapter explores how Shi was married and how the family sought to retain some of the traditional customs. Marriage, however, was not without its arguments and the one-child policy caused additional problems. Shi responded to new business opportunities and became moderately wealthy. Nevertheless, tensions occurred between her and the rest of the family that caused a marked division.