Kuli is a sweet, soft spoken young woman with never a harsh word. She is the fourth of six children and recognizes some Chinese characters, though having had only two years of education. Married and with one son, she lives with her mother-in-law and sisters-in-law. Her husband is gone most of the year working in far South China, rarely returning or sending money. Kuli’s own father is in prison on a police corruption charge. Her table runners are hand embroidered with white roses from ribbon that resemble her pure personality. A relative then assembles the product with an old fashion, foot-operated sewing machine.