The Changing Chinese: The Conflict of Oriental and Western Cultures in China

The Changing Chinese: The Conflict of Oriental and Western Cultures in China

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The Changing Chinese: The Conflict of Oriental and Western Cultures in China

The Changing Chinese: The Conflict of Oriental and Western Cultures in China

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The old China hand is quite sure one can get nowhere by a diligent half year of travel and inquiry in the Far East. "I have been here thirty years," says the Chief Engineer, "and the longer I stay the less I understand these people." "I thought I had made them out after I had lived here a couple of years," says the Trader, "but the longer I am here the queerer they seem." No traveler, if he consults the old treaty-port residents, will ever find courage to write anything about the Chinese.

The fact is, to the traveler who appreciates how different is the mental horizon that goes with another stage of culture or another type of social organization than his own, the Chinese do not seem very puzzling. Allowing for difference in outfit of knowledge and fundamental ideas, they act much as we should act under their circumstances. The theory, dear to literary interpreters of the Orient, that owing to diversity in . . .

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