Category Archives: China & Chinese history

Fleeing Shanghai, August 16 & 17, 1937: Evacuating CNAC’s wives and children

Wives and children of CNAC’s American personnel flee the outbreak of the Battle of Shanghai, August 17, 1937. Continue reading

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Link to story on the mechanics of how China censors the internet

“No system in the world has been remotely as large in the number of details it attended to or in the number of people devoted to the work.” Continue reading

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The Exam of Destiny, Chinese cheating, and a ban on bras

“According to the protesters, cheating is endemic in China, so being forced to sit the exams without help put their children at a disadvantage.” Continue reading

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Scenes from a Shanghai refugee camp, by Schiff, December 1937

1937 sketches of a Chinese refugee camp, the camp school, Chinese nurses in a hospital, and a Chinese woman working in support of the war effort, all drawn by Schiff, the renowned Shanghai cartoonist Continue reading

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Old photograph fever sweeps China

Apparently, the Communist party frowned on China’s history as “black time,” and its scourging of past associations caused most Chinese to purge their family photographs. Official historical archives were also destroyed, along with their photos. As a consequence, there are almost no photographs of China — in China — prior to 1970. Old photograph fever is currently sweeping China as people thirst to rediscover their history. Continue reading

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Evacuating Shanghai, August 1937

Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: first in a series of posts about how the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) and its people escaped the outbreak of the Battle of Shanghai Continue reading

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An excellent old Shanghai photo collection

A fellow who seems to be named LJ Chan has posted a very atmospheric stream of old Shanghai photos… enjoy!

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Ceremony in China commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Hump

A ceremony was held yesterday in Kunming, China, to honor the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Hump airlift. British, American, and Chinese dignitaries attended the event, and an article about the ceremony written by Patrick Scally appeared in … Continue reading

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China’s Wings — recommended further reading

Interested in reading more about the world of China’s Wings? Here are a few suggestions Continue reading

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A literary connection: Wind, Sand and Stars to China’s Wings

This recent reading is the first time I’ve gone through Wind, Sand and Stars without an eye toward its relevance to climbing. I’m happy to report that it’s every bit as excellent, and it was with wonder that I discovered Wind, Sand and Stars direct connection to the work I’ve done with China’s Wings. Here it is… Continue reading

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