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Topic: Cold Front Passing Hokkai
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To recap - why China Background? Max Blue's novel COLD FRONT PASSING HOKKAIDO is concerned with a small piece of 20th century Chinese history from 1950 to 1955. For a better appreciation of the events described in the novel, some knowledge of how China arrived at these mid-century crises seemed helpful.
The last post ended in 1932 with the entry of Japanese soldiers in Manchuria and Shanghai, and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's reluctance to engage them. The Japanese of course had been in China for a long time, involved, among other things, with the narcotics trade - opium, heroin, morphine. "Big Eared" Tu has been mentioned before in these posts, so it is no surprise that he was a prime-player in this trade. Just about everything related to anything related to money in China at this time had his mark on them - banks, commerce, legal and illegal - everything. In 1936, this epitome of evil was convinced by his pal, Ai-ling Soong, that his only hope for a peaceful eternity in heaven was to become a Christian, and agreed to be baptized in Charlie Soong's Shanghai Methodist Church.
Sterling Seagrave's THE SOONG DYNASTY is where all this is discussed in great detail - here only in tiny snips - The relations of T.V. Soong, H.H."Daddy" Kung, Ai-ling Soong's husband, and Chiang Kai-shek. The romantic view of China under Chiang popularized in the U.S. by Henry Luce, publisher of TIME and FORTUNE magazines.