“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

An Earlier Reference to Wuhan as the ‘Chicago of China’ – 1893

Posted: February 25th, 2020 | No Comments »

In my article for CNNi on the history Wuhan I suggested that the earliest use of the term ‘China’s Chicago’ for was a 1900 piece on the city in Collier’s magazine. But, my thanks to blog reader “Mark S” who found this earlier mention in chapter 3 of vol. 2 of The Story of the China Inland Mission, by Mary Geraldine Guinness (and with an introduction by the missionary J Hudson Taylor, also Guinness’s father-in-law), dated 1893. One chapter is entitled “The Chicago of China” and Mark also notes, it is Wuchang rather than Hankow is given prominence whereas later references invariably refer largely to Hankow, where most of the city’s fopreign prescence was clustered.

Mary Geraldine Guinness
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