Volume 3, No. 6 Pearl Harbor, T. H. May 30, 1940
GOING ASIATIC! • • • CHINA BOUND!!
( All that follows is from the clever
" Sh: mghai - High Lights, Low Lights, Tael
Lights". by Maurice Karns and Pat
Quite a number of years ago, somewhat
before the Astor House was
buil.;, Marco Polo came to China to
establish trade routes. He came to
the Orient with a purpose, accomplished
that purpose, and went home again.
Marco was apparently the last foreigner
coming to China to do all of
these three things.
Since then" Americans and Europeans
have been ar'riving in the
Whangpoo City at a rate alarming to
the Chinese. Most of them have come
without definite purpose, many of
them have carried out a purpose formed
since their arrival, and most of
them were carried away ( if away
they got) on the same fortuitous tide
that brought them to China. Around
such a colony the nucleus of the for-eign
settlement at Shanghai was
built. And so there is small wonder
that the most unique city in the world
has developed here.
The French Concession is owned
and operated by the French, policed
by the Annamites, lived in by the
Russians, suspected by the Japanese,
and v; sited by Amer: cans : n searc: l of
a girl named Tamara, with blond
braids who dances at St. George's.
Frenchtown has a Municipal Council,
but the Council has only advisory
powers and France's head man can
take or leave its advice. It is rumored
about that there is a lot of
gool advice gathering dust on the
Rue de Consulat.
The Chinese City, so called because
it is run by the Chinese, is known as
Nantao, and will probably be a dist'ppointment
as a showplace to anyone
outside of an enterprising sanitation
eng: neer. A conscientious guide
book says that much has been done
to clean up the streets, " although
much remains to be done," which is
an under- under- statement. With few
exceptions there is little to be een
here except native life in the raw;
the going and the smelling in Nantao
gets a little tough.
The bulk of the Russians living in
Frenchtown are in extremely indigent
circumstances, a large part of them
leading virtually a hand- to- mouth existence,
with the hand sometimes failing
to reach the mouth.
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DELICATE AND OTHERWISE
Tea, oldest of Chinese customs shark's
fin, a great delicacy - bird's
nest soup - pigeon eggs - sliced
chicken with bamboo shoots - whelk
meat with liver - fried Kwangse
turtle - boneless sweet and sour pork
- noodles and sweet date soup, for
dessert - Shao Tsing wine, somewhat
like sherry in strength and
flavor - f'vei'wu, second only to
noodles in the heart of a coolie snake,
an oily rarity - wha t'sen, or
monkey steak - field mice, skinned
and fried in deep fat.
There is a bit of good, sound philosophy
in the following sign observed
in a Chinese laundry:
You want credit
Me no give
You get sore
You want credit
You no pay
Me get sore
Better you get sore.
- The " Brooklyn Bridge".