Chasing the Dragon in Shanghai: Canada's Early Relations with China, 1858-1952 (Paperback)John D. Meehan (author)
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Canada shared a rich, multi-faceted history with China long before it recognized the People's Republic of China in 1970. John Meehan brings to light the activities of early Canadian missionaries, business people, government officials, and adventurers in Shanghai, the gateway to China and an important cultural contact zone. These sojourners' experiences - which unfolded against a backdrop of war and revolution and Canada's own evolution from colony to nation - reflected Canada's deepening relationship with China and the troubling asymmetries that underpinned it. Although Canadians, like other foreigners, had left Shanghai by the early 1950s, their lives and activities foreshadowed more recent Canadian initiatives in China.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
"This very important work helps fill the gap in the literature about the priority of China in Canada's international relations during the period covered. It counters a Eurocentric point of view by examing the lives of Canadians in Shanghai, offering a colourful and skilful evocation of history extending beyond government to such matters as trade, finance, and missionary activity amidst the vicissitudes of civil war, invasion, and revolution."
- John Hilliker, former head of the Historical Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
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