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EMBARKING FOR CHINA: STORIES OF FRANCE IN OLD CHINA

From the time the first French Jesuit missionaries set foot in Peking in 1740, the destinies of France and China became inseparable. French men and women came to China for many reasons – some for God, country and business, others for adventure and escape. They met their Chinese hosts alternately as friends and enemies. Though their names have been forgotten today, their legacies endure.

From the cosmopolitan French Concession in Shanghai to the ruins of the Old Summer Palace in Peking, Embarking for China is a rich exploration of the stories and destinies of the French in old China; an invitation to a journey through time and space.

The book is built around thirty-six individual stories of the French in China from 1740 to 1949.

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Hong Kong

Parentheses French Bookstore

2/F Duke of Wellington House, 14-24 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

(852) 2526 9215

www.parentheses-hk.com

Singapore

The French Bookshop

Unit 01/53C, 55 Tiong Bahru, Singapore 160055

www.the-french-bookshop.com

 

 

Paris

Librairie Le Phénix

72 Boulevard de Sébastopol, 75003 Paris

(33) 1 42 72 70 31

www.librairielephenix.fr

Taipei

Librairie Le Pigeonnier

No. 9, Lane 97, SungChiang Road, Taipei, Taiwan

(886 2) 2517-2616

www.llp.com.tw

Beijing

L’Arbre du Voyageur

San Li Tun Ban Gong Lu 1-41, Beijing 100600

(86) 10 6553 5482

arbreduvoyageur@ccfpekin.org

Shanghai

L’Arbre du Voyageur

155 Wuyi Lu, Shixing Building, 4/F, Shanghai 200050

(86) 21 6225 5723

arbreduvoyageur@gmail.com

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BOOK

 

CHAPTER I: The Builders

  • – The French Concession in Canton was built on the waste of the English Concession!
  • – Joseph Skarbek: memories of a railway engineer in China
  • – Alexandre Léonard: the architect of the French Concession in Shanghai

 

CHAPTER II: The Trailblazers

  • – The rickshaw arrives in Shanghai!
  • – Alexandre Yersin: the doctor who defeated the plague from his bamboo hut in Hong Kong
  • – Georges Soulié de Morant: the forerunner of acupuncture
  • – Shanghai, opium and corruption: Albert Londres unveils the truth

 

CHAPTER III: The Fighters

  • – Consul Béchamp and Pierre Boulle: fighters for the French Resistance in Kunming, cellmates in Hanoi
  • – David Galula: the French soldier who was captured by the Chinese Communists

 

CHAPTER IV: The Artists

  • – Jean-Denis Attiret: the Jesuit painter and intimate of Emperor Qianlong

 

CHAPTER V: The Adventurers

  • – Alexandra David-Neel: The first Western woman to enter Lhasa
  • – The Yellow Cruise: an incredible automobile expedition through China in the 1930s

 

CHAPTER VI: The Humanists

  • – Father Jacquinot’s safe zone for the Chinese refugees during the Japanese invasion
  • – Edith Mankiewicz: a female doctor in Shanghai limbo

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