Foreign Devils in the Flowery Kingdom by Paul French, Carl Crow

By Paul French, Carl Crow

Initially released in 1940, this is often Carl Crow’s enjoyable autobiography, the tale of his greater than 25 years of adventures and good fortune in Shanghai throughout the tumultuous early a long time of the 20 th century. This booklet is a story of East meets West set within the wild and heady days of inter-war China. it truly is an account of ways cultures clashed, bickering over company bargains and social norms as they attempted to discover the way to reside with one another.

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But the monopoly of the East India Company enabled it to demand high prices, and this was one of the standing grievances of the colonists. The ability to import their own tea became a kind of symbol of independence, and turned the attention of American traders toward China. Americans had no manufactured goods to sell. They had little in fact but a boundless energy occasioned by their own poverty and stimulated by their recently found independence. But the Chinese had tea and the Americans had ginseng, though they didn’t know what a very poor quality of ginseng it was.

In fact, a very large part of the American tea consisted of cargo which the company refused to accept as too poor for the London market. The opulent British company and the poor individual American traders suffered from the same handicap. Neither country produced any goods that had the least interest to the Chinese customer. It was a one-sided business for both. China was the great storehouse of things the world wanted: tea, silk, licorice, and the hand-woven cotton which was so much superior to the hand-woven fabrics of other countries.

He was a daring trader and often made immense fortunes not only for himself but for the firm which employed him. Some of them acquired legendary reputations for an ability to tell which way the market in silk or silver or tea was going to turn. Foreigners who speculated in commodities would risk fortunes on a hint from him. The Englishman who talked to him in pidgin might be an Oxford graduate but he treated his illiterate compradore with respect. He was considered to be indispensable in the conduct of any general import and export trade.

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