America Through the Spectacles of an Oriental Diplomat

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Anthem Press, Mar 1, 2007 - History - 174 pages
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A beguiling account of twentieth-century America through the eyes of an outsider, a remarkable inversion of the standard 'Westerner observing the exotic' travel writing formula. Wu Tingfang wrote this book at an intriguing juncture in history - aeroplanes and motion pictures had recently been invented, and while he did not know it, a tremendous cultural shift was about to take place in the West due to the First World War. His observations are enlightening and remain as relevant today as the era in which they were written.
 

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Contents

The Importance of Names l
1
American Prosperity
9
American Government
15
America and China
25
American Education
33
American Business Methods
41
American Freedom and Equality
49
American Manners
59
American Costumes
77
American versus Chinese Civilization
85
American versus Chinese Civilization continued
97
I3 Dinners Banquets Etc
115
Theaters
131
Opera and Musical Entertainments
141
Conjuring and Circuses
147
Sports
151

American Women
69

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Wu Tingfang (1842-1922) was a Chinese diplomat and politician who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and briefly as Acting Premier during the early years of the Republic of China.

Jonathan Spence teaches in the field of Chinese history from around 1600 to the present and on Western images of China since the middle ages at Yale University.

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