chapter  VIII
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THE RICE TRADE

Before the winter and the long ploughing season, all the men and women of the House of the Golden Wing took part in turning the grain into edible rice. The first process was hulling, by which the grain was passed through a wooden mill. Two persons worked in co-operation. The one who turned the handle of the mill was usually an older man like Eldest Go or Fourth Go. The other, who poured the grain into the hopper of the mill, was usually a woman, such as Mrs. Hwang or Aunt Lin. Very seldom did two men work together. Occasionally Nanmin did the job of hulling himself.