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The names and headstones of Soong Ching Ling Memorial Park

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WenHuiBao , 1938

Tales of Old Shanghai


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Tales of Old China

Welcome. This website stores words and images from Old China, mostly the era between 1840 to 1950 when China and the West were struggling to come to terms with each other. It is the contrasts and cultural clashes between the two worlds that are at the heart of this website, and we hope you enjoy what we have collected. The links on the left, under the Oriental damsel, will lead you through the site. The buttons on the right suggest some of the content we like best. The library contains the full texts of books from and about Old China. The Postcard archive has hundreds of images, fully searchable. Also, please look at the Money page.

This site will never be finished. We add to it when we have time. If you would like to contribute material, or help in the maintenance of the site, please contact us.

A random quote from the Tales Quote archive

I know that there exists a theory, widely held, that a native can sleep anywhere, and that to concern oneself for his comfort is foolishness; many good people quarter their Chinese servants worse than their dogs. No doubt that the Oriental survives bad treatment and that he accepts it, like other sublunary happenings, with stolid patience; at the same time, there is an old saying about the merciful man which comes to mind when one sees the "boy" sleeping en pelotte in a cupboard five feet by three, while the cook lies uneasily curled between his stove and the water-kong. Humanity apart, these people would better appreciate our excursions and sorties, and render us, therefore, a better, because a more willing, service if their necessities were a matter of more concern to us. wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale golf nfl jerseys Wholesale jordan shoes cheap wholesale clothing cheap wholesale jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Buy Replica Handbags Cheap nfl jerseys Discount Mbt shoes wholesale news from china

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