Tag Archives: Yankee Mandarin

Kindle eBooks for Yankee Mandarin, and Yang Shen Book I 1st Edition, ordered “unpublished”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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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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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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Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 1: Vincente Macanaya

Vincente Macanaya “…There he stood in the midst of a perfect hailstorm of stone, firing away like a fury, whilst his companions were dropping on all sides of him, killed by the unerring aim of the rebels on the walls. … Continue reading

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Beijing of Dreams website archives old photos of Beijing

The new Beijing of Dreams website photo archive is a fine collection to place together with the work of John Thompson and Felice Beato (photogs in China during the mid-1860s). The images were “scanned in high resolution and where necessary digitally enhanced,” and they are … 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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The Women of Yankee Mandarin – the Decorous and the Disaffected

The women of Yankee Mandarin contrast dramatically, especially the two of this post, Elizabeth and Ch’ang-mei. Each is fashionable and elite in her place and time, but both are discontent with their circumstances, resentful of their treatment by men, and of … Continue reading

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