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Village Life in China A Study in Sociology by Arthur H. Smith

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Village Life in China

TENTH THOUSAND Chinese Characteristics


For Twenty six Years a Missionary of the American Board in China.

With Sixteen Illustrations from Photographs, an index and a Glossary.

800, decorated cloth, $1.25

From The Independent.

There is no glamour thrown over the race, neither is there failure to recognize those qualities that have made them so backward in civilization, so hostile to foreigners, so repugnant to many in our land. Everyone interested in China or the Chinese should read the book.

From The New York Times.

If we are not to accept the studies that missionaries have made of the Chinese, whose are we to accept? We do not mean the accounts of the seminary young man who, fresh from his studies, lives in China for a six month, and then writes of his experiences, but of the men like the author of this volume, who has had a residence of twenty two years in China.

Mr. Smith's volume is a highly entertaining one, showing uncommon shrewdness, with keen analysis of character.

From The Critic.

There is all the difference between an intaglio in onyx and a pencil scrawl on paper to be discovered between Mr. Smith's book and the printed prattle of the average globe trotter. Our author's work has been done, as it were, with a chisel and an emery wheel. He goes deeply beneath the surface.

From The Standard.

It is much the most interesting book upon China which we have ever read, and it is specially valuable as a practical commentary upon the national and social institutions of the Chinese, the natural effect of their long isolation, and the benumbing effect of such a religion as has in great part made them what they are.

From The Living Church.

That this is the most valuable account of the Chinese ever written is, we believe, generally acknowledged.

From The Missionary Review of the World.

Every chapter is a thesaurus of startling antithesis, humorous portraitures, acute observation and marvelous sagacity.... The book is most delightful reading, and will be found most fascinating. It is a mirror of Chinese characteristics, as its name indicates. Within its pages we have found a volume of aphorisms and sage sayings seldom embraced in such a book. Rev. A. T. Pierson, D.D.

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Village Life in China



AUTHOR OF "Chinese Characteristics"


NEW YORK CHICAGO TORONTO Fleming H. Revell Company Publishers of Evangelical Literature

Copyright, 1899 by FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY


These chapters are written from the standpoint of one who, by an extended experience in China, has come to feel a profound respect for the numerous admirable qualities of the Chinese, and to entertain for many of them a high personal esteem. An unexampled past lies behind this great race, and before it there may lie a wonderful future. Ere that can be realized, however, there are many disabilities which must be removed. The longer one is acquainted with China, the more deeply is this necessity felt. Commerce, diplomacy, extension of political relations, and the growing contact with Occidental civilization have, all combined, proved totally inadequate to accomplish any such reformation as China needs.

The Chinese village is the empire in small, and when that has been surveyed, we shall be in a better condition to suggest a remedy for whatever needs amendment. It cannot be too often reiterated that the variety in unity in China is such, that affirmations should always be qualified with the implied limitation that they are true somewhere, although few of them may hold good everywhere. On the other hand, the unity in variety is such that a really typical Chinese fact, although of restricted occurrence, may not on that account be the less valuable... Continue reading book >>

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