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Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia : Intimate China: The Chinese as I Have Seen Them - Alicia E. Neva Little

Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia

Intimate China: The Chinese as I Have Seen Them


Published: 10th June 2010
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Part memoir, part travelogue, part crusade, Intimate China details the exploits of Alicia Little (Mrs Archibald Little), who first arrived in China as a new bride in 1887. Little was already a prolific writer before her marriage, and this narrative is both compelling and refreshingly frank. Published in 1899, her account of life in late nineteenth-century China is arranged eclectically, with chapters on 'Superstitions', 'Current coin in China' and 'Hindrances and annoyances' interlaced with descriptions of trips to Tibet and up the Yangtze. The latter third of the book is devoted entirely to politics. Fuelled with a determination to represent the Chinese 'as I have seen them', Little spares no details, supplying descriptions of the complications arising from foot-binding, a practice she found abhorrent and against which she actively campaigned. Extending to over six hundred pages and lavishly illustrated with maps and photographs, this is an extraordinary book.

First impressions
On the Upper Yangtse
A land journey
Life in a Chinese city
Hindrances and annoyances
Current coin in China
The position of women
Births, deaths, and marriages
Chinese morals
Our missionaries
Up-country shopping and up-country ways
Chinese students
A father's advice to his son
Buddhist monasteries
A Chinese ordination
The sacred mountain of Omi
Chinese sentiment
A summer trip to Chinese Tibet
Arts and industries
A little Peking pug
Affairs of State
Getting to Peking
The Sights of Peking
The Chinese Emperor's magnificence
The Empress, the Emperor, and the audience
Solidarity, co-operation, and imperial federation
Beginnings of reform
The coup d'┬ętat
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ISBN: 9781108014274
ISBN-10: 1108014275
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 636
Published: 10th June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.79