By William Arthur Cornaby
A London-born Wesleyan Methodist missionary, William Arthur Cornaby (1860-1921) spent over thirty years in China, the place he edited The chinese language Christian evaluate, and, from 1905, the Ta Tung Pao, a weekly journal exact at chinese language officers and students. His many books on chinese language tradition and civilisation, together with A String of chinese language Peach-Stones (1895) and Rambles in vital China (1896), offer specific sketches of chinese language rural lifestyles and customs. The later China less than the Search-Light, first released in 1901, makes use of Western clich?s approximately China as some degree of departure to supply a extra nuanced knowing of the underlying proof and difficulties particular to chinese language society. during this booklet, Cornaby discusses modern issues resembling overcrowding in Shanghai, mandarins, and Buddhism. He additionally scrutinises newspapers, novels, and aesthetic traditions, supplying an straightforward creation to chinese language tradition as perceived by means of a nineteenth-century British missionary.
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And the reader may well pluck heart from the consideration that under the most diligent fostering from the 18 CHINA UNDER THE SEARCH-LIGHT Manchu Court, the movement which has given us the term " Boxer " only infested a mere tenth of China Proper. Such fostering forces will thus have to be multiplied by ten and become continuous for at least two years, as in the genesis of the Boxers, in order to bring about a really national movement for the extermination of the foreigner. As a factor in the evolution of national character, the density of the population deserves a more extended notice.
In old Judsea the word •neighbour seems to have implied some sort of relationship, and so it is in China to-day. Where, indeed, the privilege of local option is still extant, and two or three neighbours may be requisitioned by authorities to veto the purchase of land by a foreigner, should he wish to settle near. The solidarity of the Chinese, then, seems to stop short at the family or cluster of neighbours, but within those narrow limits is a matter of daily observation. Is there a male birth, the women-folk scream their congratulations; is there a marriage, the whole neighbourhood is aroused by the clamour ; is there a death, the whole neighbourhood is made dismal with heartrending wails of despair.
It is regarded as a sort of annex to threshingfloor or street. In a word, except at night, it is practically the common property of the neighbourhood. To Western folk, especially to insular English folk, whose closed street-doors are symbols of respectability in which there is a considerable percentage of aloofness, and SOLIDARITY 41 whose houses are their castles, suggesting a survival of feudal barony, all this seems intrusive, abnormal, unbearable. But to the Chinese themselves it is a genial expression of a truth which was universally acknowledged in the good old days of yore —the brotherhood of man.
China Under the Search-Light by William Arthur Cornaby