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Chiang Yee: The Silent Traveller from the East--A Cultural Biography

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A young man arrives in England in the 1930s, knowing few words of the English language. Yet, two years later he writes a successful English book on Chinese art, and within the following decade publishes more than a dozen others. This is the true story of Chiang Yee, a renowned writer, artist, and worldwide traveler, best known for the Silent Traveller series--stories of En ...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published February 26th 2010 by Rutgers University Press
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Biography of a privileged, educated Chinese magistrate at the cusp of revolution. He gets increasingly responsible government jobs -- though there's no evidence talent or accomplishment were required; just connections. As part of the Chinese power elite, he was wise to permanently decamp to the West, but not until he marries traditionally, parks his uneducated wife and several children with family dispersed around China about to go through huge upheavals.

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