China: Land of Famine

China: Land of Famine

China: Land of Famine

China: Land of Famine

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The meager knowledge in Western countries of things Chinese makes it incumbent upon those who have had the privilege of intimate association with China's problems to record their knowledge, or even their impressions, in some permanent form. The writer presents this book to discharge his obligation in this connection. It is, so far as he knows, the first to be published in English dealing exclusively with one of China's major problems, namely, famine.

It has been the writer's purpose to set forth in these pages, as briefly and understandably as possible, why China has so many famines and what, in his judgment, can be done to prevent them. No effort has been made to give a history of past disasters, excepting for purposes of illustration, and the good and bad practices of former times are alluded to only in order to throw light on conditions as they are today.

Some repetition will be discerned. This was unavoidable, for many factors are associated in the causes of famine; and its cure can come only through correlated improvements of a widely divergent nature. While treating these causes and cures individually, therefore, the writer may have traversed ground previously trodden, but only for the purpose of focusing attention on the relation of cause with cause, and cure with cure.

The author wishes gratefully to acknowledge the assistance he has received from Mr. J. E. Baker, Advisor to the Chinese Government, Mr. Y. S. Djang, Chief Secretary, Chinese Red Cross Society, Professor J. B. Tayler of Yenching University, and Mr. O. J. Todd, Chief Engineer, China International Famine Relief Commission, for criticisms and helpful suggestions in portions of the book where their expert knowledge of the particular points involved made their advice appropriate. He wishes especially to record his appreciation of the help of Mr. Carl W. Bishop, of the Smith sonian Institution . . .

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