All things old China - books, anecdotes, stories, podcasts, factoids & ramblings from the author Paul French

Patricia O’Sullivan in Hong Kong this January

Posted: January 9th, 2023 | No Comments »

Patricia O’Sullivan has been working away writing some amazing women’s history concerning Hong Kong for some time now. As a a writer and researcher on the lesser-known aspects of Hong Kong’s history prior to 1941 she stumbled upon an article concerning the death of her great-uncle in 1918 when he was an inspector in the Hong Kong Police, she quickly became immersed in the social history of colonial Hong Kong. Her research led to her first book, Policing Hong Kong: An Irish History.

She followed this up with a fascinating study of women and the courts in Hong Kong – Women, Crime and the Courts: Hong Kong 1841-1941.

Now, after a break, she’s returing to Hong Kong to speak to Annemarie Evans this weekend (7th & 8th Jan) on her RTHK Radio 3 program on women’s lives in HK’s first prison, also the subject of hertalk on 14th Jan at the TaiKwun arts centre, ‘Incarcerated Women: 90 yrs in Victoria Gaol’. On 12th Jan she is with other authors at the Bookazine branch in Princes Building for an informal session.

Pamela Werner, 1917–8/1/1937, Peking, China…

Posted: January 8th, 2023 | No Comments »

Pamela Werner, 1917–8/1/1937, Peking, China…

Japanese Forces Post in Mongolia, China & Taiwan, 1938

Posted: January 7th, 2023 | No Comments »

JAPANESE FORCES IN MONGOLIA, CHINA & TAIWAN; Range with 1936 plain censored unfranked PC to Tokyo from the inner Mongolian Expedition, 1938 env. (and contents) to Japan from the Shanghai Special Land Combat Forces with 1st Naval FPO marking on front, Jan. 1939 2s Japanese military PC to Japan from the Tanan Okamoto Force in Taiwan and a few others…

Shanghai 1865 Dragon Stamp

Posted: January 6th, 2023 | No Comments »

Early treaty port era stamps look very basic, but interesting. For instance this c.1865 stamp issued by Shanghai LPO (Local Post Office) and valued for 8 Candareens (a traditional measurement equal to approximately 378 milligrams). And with a dragon motif.

Nicky Almasy’s Recycling Reality – Out Jan 2023 – Remembering Jazz & Skyscrapers in Early 21st Century Shanghai

Posted: January 5th, 2023 | No Comments »

Out this month is photographer Nicky Almasy’s tavelogue-cum-memoirs, Recycling Reality, of roaming through 90s and ewarly 2000s London, Mexico, SE Asia and Shanghai. For anyone around in the late 1990s and early 2000s in Shanghai Nicky’s essays and experiences of the renaissance of jazz in ther French Concession and the skysraper boom in Pudong will be of interest. Click here to buy….

Wang Hing Shanghai Silversmiths

Posted: January 4th, 2023 | No Comments »

I’ve posted about half a dozen other silversmiths in Shanghai in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries before (just put ‘silversmith’ in the search box to see). Here’s another – Wang Hing, of Hong Kong (most of the silversmiths in Shanghai were originally from Cantonese speaking regions of China) and Shanghai, again largely targeting the Shanghailander and tourist trade.

Here, a Chinese Silver Scent Bottle and hinged gilt lined box decorated with embossed dragons, scent c. 10cm tall and box 9x4cm, stamped WH90 for Wang Hing of Hong Kong and Shanghai, 172g.

My Ten China-Britain Business Council Author Q&As for 2022

Posted: January 2nd, 2023 | No Comments »

My ten China book author Q&As for the China-Britain Business Council’s Focus magazine last year – from business to travel; history to literature….click here

Wartime Shanghai Yuefenpai

Posted: January 2nd, 2023 | No Comments »

A believed original WWII Second World War Chinese / Shanghai War advertising poster (yuefenpai) featuring a pilot in a plane with a welcoming young lady holding flowers. Measures approx 52x80cm.