Tag Archives: China in 1860

Chinese History After the Opium War: a video perspective

Here’s an interesting video that provides additional perspective for our YouTube video China in 1860 (describing the state of affairs in China at the beginning of Yang Shen) and continues on into the early years and beyond of China ruled … Continue reading

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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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Flay the Plaintiff, Fleece the Defendant – Law in Old China

Old China had a draconian solution for reducing litigation – torture everyone concerned, plaintiff or defendant, or extort silver from the litigants in place of torture. Rather than have their toes and fingers squeezed between blocks of hard wood, or kneel on … Continue reading

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Chinese Junks and Portuguese Lorchas – Old and New

Wenchow Fisher from Donnely The descriptions of mid-19th century Chinese junks, Portuguese lorchas,  and other native vessels that merit first billing in Yankee Mandarin are based primarily on more recent works by Worcester, Donnely, and Needham. Worcester’s 1971 The Junks and Sampans of the … Continue reading

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Reader questions from Yang Shen book readings in April 2012

Yang Shen had two book readings in April 2012, one for the Anza Borrego Desert Paleontology Society, and another at the San Diego County Public Library, both at Borrego Springs, CA. Here are answers to questions those attending brought up at … Continue reading

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