The Golden Ghetto

The Golden Ghetto

Author: Jacques M. Downs

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9789888139095

Category: History

Page: 504

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Before the opening of the treaty ports in the 1840s, Canton was the only Chinese port where foreign merchants were allowed to trade. The Golden Ghetto takes us into the world of one of this city’s most important foreign communities—the Americans—during the decades between the American Revolution of 1776 and the signing of the Sino-US Treaty of Wanghia in 1844. American merchants lived in isolation from Chinese society in sybaritic, albeit usually celibate luxury. Making use of exhaustive research, Downs provides an especially clear explanation of the Canton commercial setting generally and of the role of American merchants. Many of these men made fortunes and returned home to become important figures in the rapidly developing United States. The book devotes particular attention to the biographical details of the principal American traders, the leading American firms, and their operations in Canton and the United States. Opium smuggling receives especial emphasis, as does the important topic of early diplomatic relations between the United States and China. Since its first publication in 1997, The Golden Ghettohas been recognized as the leading work on Americans trading at Canton. Long out of print, this new edition makes this key work again available, both to scholars and a wider readership. “The fullest exposition on the subject thus far and as the final word on extant, previously untapped, English-language sources.” — Eileen Scully, in The China Quarterly

Golden Ghetto: How the Americans and French Fell In and Out of Love During the Cold War

Golden Ghetto: How the Americans and French Fell In and Out of Love During the Cold War

Author: Steve Bassett

Publisher: eBookIt.com

ISBN: 9781456630836

Category: History

Page: 277

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Considering the suspicions, jealousies, bigotry and greed inherent when a foreign power occupies another Golden Ghetto: How the Americans and French Fell In and Out of Love during the Cold War tells an improbable story. If ever a US military base deserved the sobriquet Golden Ghetto it was the Chateauroux Air Station, for 16 years at the height of the Cold War it was one of the most desirable postings in the world. Historians and casual readers will be enthralled by this bird's eye view of how early Communist driven distrust never stood a chance against handshakes and smiles.

The Golden Ghetto

The Golden Ghetto

Author: Jessie H. O'Neill

Publisher: Affluenza Project

ISBN: UOM:39015054152619

Category: Adult children of dysfunctional families

Page: 267

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It is a peculiarly American notion that money will guarantee happiness, bring us personal fulfillment, strengthen our relationships, give us smarter, better-adjusted children--in short, make all our dreams come true.

Americans and Macao

Americans and Macao

Author: Paul A. Van Dyke

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9789888083923

Category: History

Page: 251

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The theme of this volume is the American relationship with Macao and its region through trade, politics and culture, and the focus is mainly on the late 18th and 19th centuries. The essays address topics such as the role of the China trade in US pacific expansion and exploration, US consuls, smuggling networks, missionary and educational work, and American women's perceptions of China. In all of the encounters, Macao emerges as a central player, adding a new dimension to our understanding of Sino-American relations.

Wealth, Virtue, and Moral Luck

Wealth, Virtue, and Moral Luck

Author: Kate Ward

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 9781647121389

Category: Christian ethics

Page: 280

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"In this book, Kate Ward addresses the issue of inequality from the perspective of Christian virtue ethics. Her unique contribution is to argue that moral luck, our individual life circumstances, affects one's ability to pursue virtue. She argues that economic status functions as moral luck and impedes the ability of both the wealthy and the impoverished to pursue virtues such as prudence, justice, and temperance. The book presents social science evidence that inequality reduces empathy for others' suffering, and increases violence, fear, and the desire to punish others. For the wealthy, inequality creates "hyperagency" - abundant freedom, power, and choice beyond that enjoyed by other members of society. For the poor, scarcity of time, money, and other important goods can also impair their ability to pursue virtue. Having established the theological harm caused by inequality, Ward then makes the argument that both individual Christians and Christian communities have obligations to address the impact of inequality. As individuals, Christians should pursue what Ward calls encounter, conversion, and contentment. Encounter means genuinely reaching out to the less fortunate and spending enough time to get to know individuals as human beings. For Ward, conversion means informing oneself about the realities of poverty and inequality. Contentment means being satisfied with one's position and not striving for more material wealth. Christian communities, in Ward's view, have obligations to pursue political action, tithing, and aid, and to foster encounters in parishes and educational settings"--

The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English

The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English

Author: Tom Dalzell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351765206

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 892

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The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang offers the ultimate record of modern, post WW2 American Slang. The 25,000 entries are accompanied by citations that authenticate the words as well as offer examples of usage from popular literature, newspapers, magazines, movies, television shows, musical lyrics, and Internet user groups. Etymology, cultural context, country of origin and the date the word was first used are also provided. In terms of content, the cultural transformations since 1945 are astounding. Television, computers, drugs, music, unpopular wars, youth movements, changing racial sensitivities and attitudes towards sex and sexuality are all substantial factors that have shaped culture and language. This new edition includes over 500 new headwords collected with citations from the last five years, a period of immense change in the English language, as well as revised existing entries with new dating and citations. No term is excluded on the grounds that it might be considered offensive as a racial, ethnic, religious, sexual or any kind of slur. This dictionary contains many entries and citations that will, and should, offend. Rich, scholarly and informative, The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English is an indispensable resource for language researchers, lexicographers and translators.

Hearings

Hearings

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015022384823

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Barons of the Sea

Barons of the Sea

Author: Steven Ujifusa

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781476745992

Category: History

Page: 448

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“A fascinating, fast-paced history…full of remarkable characters and incredible stories” about the nineteenth-century American dynasties who battled for dominance of the tea and opium trades (Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award–winning author of In the Heart of the Sea). There was a time, back when the United States was young and the robber barons were just starting to come into their own, when fortunes were made and lost importing luxury goods from China. It was a secretive, glamorous, often brutal business—one where teas and silks and porcelain were purchased with profits from the opium trade. But the journey by sea to New York from Canton could take six agonizing months, and so the most pressing technological challenge of the day became ensuring one’s goods arrived first to market, so they might fetch the highest price. “With the verse of a natural dramatist” (The Christian Science Monitor), Steven Ujifusa tells the story of a handful of cutthroat competitors who raced to build the fastest, finest, most profitable clipper ships to carry their precious cargo to American shores. They were visionary, eccentric shipbuilders, debonair captains, and socially ambitious merchants with names like Forbes and Delano—men whose business interests took them from the cloistered confines of China’s expatriate communities to the sin city decadence of Gold Rush-era San Francisco, and from the teeming hubbub of East Boston’s shipyards and to the lavish sitting rooms of New York’s Hudson Valley estates. Elegantly written and meticulously researched, Barons of the Sea is a riveting tale of innovation and ingenuity that “takes the reader on a rare and intoxicating journey back in time” (Candice Millard, bestselling author of Hero of the Empire), drawing back the curtain on the making of some of the nation’s greatest fortunes, and the rise and fall of an all-American industry as sordid as it was genteel.

ESPIONAGE AND NEAR NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST NEW COLD WAR DÉJÀ VU

ESPIONAGE AND NEAR NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST NEW COLD WAR DÉJÀ VU

Author: Walter Anthony Bawell

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783756298778

Category: Political Science

Page: 170

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Espionage presents itself as the force of both good and evil. In this book both can be discerned. Here is an eyewitness-to-history story of betrayal and crushing disappointment told in the background of intrigue, near nuclear holocaust, assassinations, protest movements, the elimination of nuclear missiles in Europe, German reunification and the status of US Forces. There is a lesson here for the New Cold War and the danger of nuclear war by mistake and miscalculation. Before I arrived at the United States Embassy, Bonn, Germany, in 1983, the counterintelligence apparatus knew there was a major leak of classified documents at the Embassy. This was compartmentalized; need to know information that was never shared until the apprehension of my former secretary, Gabriele Kliem, on March 13, 1991, for espionage. Recruited by brutally handsome East German Romeo Agents under a false flag of a journalist working for an organization dedicated to peace, Gabriele, my German secretary, would deliver over 1500 classified documents to the East German spy agency, the STASI, Ministerium für Staatssicherheit. Unknowingly, the most prolific spy in the history of the Cold War. Also, ironically, her pilfered documents and three other sources not known to her would convince Moscow not to launch a preventive nuclear strike against NATO at the end of exercise Able Archer in November 1983. The consequences of a near nuclear strike convinced President Ronald Reagan to alter course and pursue the elimination of atomic weapons. The 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty signed with Mikhail Gorbachev eliminated all land-based nuclear missiles on European soil. As I write, the United States and Russia have cancelled their atomic arms limitation treaties. Once again we stare over the abyss as we confront a New Cold War.

Situation in Vietnam

Situation in Vietnam

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations. Subcommittee on State Department Organization and Public Affairs

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951D008643952

Category: Economic assistance, American

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Investigates allegations by reporter Albert M. Colegrove in Washington Daily News that International Cooperation Administration mismanaged its Vietnam aid programs.