The Years that Were Fat

Peking 1933-1940
Author(s): 
Kates, George N.
ISBN: 
0195827090
Date published: 
January 1988
Paperback
Pages: 
280

From 1933 to 1940 George Kates set out to discover the China that no Western business man, diplomat, or missionary could know. He immersed himself in Peking, living a simple, unobtrusive life inside the Imperial City, and, reconstructing the lifestyle of the vanished scholar class, came to be considered almost Chinese by his colleagues and neighbours. This book is a celebration of the c ity he loved, ts buildings, its people, its customs, it rhythms and moods, and of a way of life which was slowly disappearing.