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Researching Locations in Virtual Earth and Sky

We have been away this summer, on the California coast channeling John Steinbeck and Ed Rickets into our 2014 California Intertidal Ecology Survey, and have neglected posting here about Yang Shen Book II or other related subjects. Earlier this year, … Continue reading

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Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 5: Palaso Salangsang, the Tattooed Bontoc Headhunter

Previously we wrote about Balla and Palaso, and as Palaso now comes center stage in Chapter 32 of Yang Shen, Attack on Tsingpoo, we have expanded his background. The principal sources for detail on 19th century Bontoc are the ethnography … Continue reading

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Kindle eBooks for Yankee Mandarin, and Yang Shen Book I 1st Edition, ordered “unpublished”

Old China Books has been ordered by Amazon Kindle to “unpublish” two of three Kindle eBooks, for the reasons cited in the KDP email below. Accordingly, OCB will “unpublish” the eBook for the 1st Edition of Yang Shen, Book I, and the eBook … Continue reading

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John Thomson Photographs Discussed in Online Audio

 Just happened upon an interesting and detailed talk on the 19th century photographs of John Thomson. The audio discussion at KERA ListenLive, features host Krys Boyd talking with organizer of the exhibit Betty Yao, MBE of Credential International Arts Management in London, … Continue reading

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Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 4: Balla Crazy Gumarang and Palaso Arrow Salangsang

Balla Crazy Gumarang and Palaso Arrow Salangsang Balla Crazy Gumarang was a common criminal, a tulisan – a brigand – or had been in the eyes of the Spanish gaolers at the Mantamang penal colony, called Cervantes by the Spaniards, … Continue reading

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Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 3: Tata Grandfather Viray

Tata Grandfather Viray Tata Grandfather Viray was born in 1821 or 1822, he was not sure which, the son of an Ilocano boat-builder. “I grew up playing in Cavite and Vigan boatyards. Those yards build vessels native to our islands, small chatta, covered … Continue reading

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Confucius Rescues the Kiangyin Mandarins

Here follows a segment excised from Yang Shen, Book I, when the size was trimmed from 860 pages to 556 pages. As we cannot imagine how to use this passage in the two books to come later, we print it here … Continue reading

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When Soldiers Talk with Civilians – Lexicon and Meaning

[The general] ran into misunderstandings between military and civilian leadership over things as simple as terminology…. “What it really showed was because different cultures — the military, civilian, whatnot — all have their own lexicon, you can be having a conversation … Continue reading

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Chinese Courtyard Houses 四合院

Like paper dragons and lion dogs, the courtyard house is another Chinese icon. They are diverse in architectural style, and differ from place to place, but the house essentially is a walled compound with a single entrance and one, two, … Continue reading

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Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 2: Paco Cockfighter Dalogdog

Paco Cockfighter Dalogdog “Paco was larger than other Manilamen – more Fletcher’s size – with light brown skin, hazel eyes, dark brown curly hair, and teeth lightly stained reddish-black by buyo, betel nut. He wore black cotton trousers and a … Continue reading

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