Sunday, April 12, 2009
Randall Gould and Old China Hands
I came across a nice quote while re-reading Randall Gould’s great China memoir China in the Sun (1946) the other day. Gould was a veteran member of the old China press corps before the war. He happened to mention to Madame Sun Yat-sen (Soong Ching-ling) that he was thinking of writing his memoirs. She replied:
“Whatever you do, don’t write like an old China Hand, please!!” - Madame Sun (left with Dr Sun Yat-sen) disliked the old Treaty Porters.
Gould supplies a definition of what he thought should be the definition of a real old China Hand – “...someone who liked the Chinese and meant them to profit by presence as he in turn profited by the Chinese.”
Seems fair enough to me