Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2012. First Edition. Hardcover. USED - As New. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Powder blue endpapers. Clean and unmarked. Square and tight. B/W and colour illustrations. Supplementary Bibliography. 17.5 x 24.5 cm. 256 pp. / Very Good/ Near Fine. Light wear to top edge. Item #13104
New Zealand’s China Experience collects fiction, poetry, personal accounts, historical narrative, anecdotes, transcribed oral narratives, newspaper articles and more, all bearing in one way or another on New Zealand perceptions of China and contacts with China and the Chinese.
An 1823 report pointing to the importance of the Chinese market.
The lives of Chinese goldminers seen by the missionary Alexander Don and the contemporary writer Alison Wong, and in the film Illustrious Energy.
First-hand reports of the bombing of Shanghai by Robin Hyde, and Mao Zedong in the Yunan caves by James Bertram.
The Chinese contractor in Dunedin who changed his name to MacPherson in order to bid successfully for Council contracts.
The New Zealand sheep flown 2,500 miles inland from Shanghai and rafted down the Yellow River to establish a breeding flock.
The New Zealand Honorary Consul in Tianjin who caused a diplomatic incident when required to remove his trousers at a Japanese checkpoint.
The ship’s captain who took greenstone from Milford Sound for the China market, losing an eye and fracturing both arms in the blasting operation.
New Zealand’s China Experience is richly illustrated with photographs, paintings, posters, cartoons and more. Highlights include photographs by Brian Brake, George Silk and Tom Hutchins, and three works by the contemporary artist Kerry Ann Lee.
New Zealand’s China Experience is published to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China in December 1972.