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In "An Ohio Woman in the Philippines," Emily Bronson Conger passionately recounts her personal experiences of living in the Philippines during a time when it was still considered a mysterious and exotic land for many Westerners. Through vivid descriptions and engaging storytelling, Conger takes us on a captivating journey filled with fascinating incidents, all the way from her departure in Ohio to her encounters in Honolulu, ports in Japan, and China.

One aspect that stands out in Conger's narrative is her ability to paint a vivid picture of the places she visits, immersing readers in the vibrant scenes she witnesses. Whether it's the bustling streets of Honolulu or the serene beauty of Japanese gardens, her attention to detail brings these locations to life, making readers feel as if they're right there alongside her.

Furthermore, Conger's encounters with the local people add a unique depth to her story. She shares heartwarming moments of sincere friendships formed with Filipinos, which offer valuable insights into the culture and customs of the country. Through firsthand experiences, Conger challenges the stereotypes often associated with the Philippines, showing its multifaceted nature and the genuine warmth of its people.

In addition to her interactions with locals, Conger also describes the challenges she faces as a foreign woman navigating unfamiliar territories. Her determination, resilience, and occasional misadventures create a relatable protagonist, and readers will find themselves rooting for her throughout her journey, eager to see how she overcomes obstacles and embraces the unknown.

Conger's narrative style is captivating, with each incident flowing seamlessly into the next. Whether she is describing her encounters with new friends, her exploration of local traditions, or her observations on the contrasting landscapes, her prose is engaging and keeps readers turning the pages.

One minor drawback of the book could be the occasional digression into historical facts or broader societal issues. While these interjections provide valuable context, they may disrupt the flow of the narrative for some readers who are more interested in Conger's personal experiences. However, those with a penchant for historical context will likely appreciate these detours.

Overall, "An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" is an engaging memoir that offers a unique perspective on life in the early 20th century Philippines. Emily Bronson Conger brings her personal experiences and descriptions to life, transporting readers to far-off lands, from the colorful streets of Honolulu to bustling ports in Japan and China. Through her compelling storytelling, Conger's memoir reminds us of the importance of embracing new cultures and the enriching experiences that come with it.

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An Ohio Woman in the Philippines

Giving Personal Experiences and Descriptions Including Incidents of Honolulu, Ports in Japan and China

Mrs. Emily Bronson Conger

Published with illustrations

1904 Press of Richard H. Leighton Akron, Ohio


To my beloved husband, ARTHUR LATHAM CONGER, whose love was Is my sweetest incentive; whose approval was Is my richest reward. Mizpah, EMILY BRONSON CONGER.



Out of the Golden Gate 7 14 First Glimpses of Japan 15 20 From Yokohama to Tokio 21 25 Tokio 26 33 Japan in General 34 41 In Shanghai 42 49 Hong Kong to Manila 50 55 Iloilo and Jaro 56 66 The Natives 67 77 Wooings and Weddings 78 82 My First Fourth... Continue reading book >>

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