By Alfred Emile Cornebise
This paintings is an account of the China version of the U.S. Army's day-by-day newspaper, The Stars and Stripes, which was once aimed toward provider body of workers within the China Theater of Operations on the finish of worldwide warfare II and released for almost a yr. The publication addresses jap repatriations, war-crime trials, the chinese language civil conflict and the increase of Communism as coated through the paper, and the paper's position in strengthening U.S. troop morale.
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One topic discussed was that of the innumerable beggars who were common sights around and about the city. Indeed, as the paper explained, begging was a highly developed art form as well as a cold, calculated business which operated under numerous beggars’ guilds. Each guild was usually ruled by a “Beggar King,” someone on the order of the Charles Dickens character Fagin, as depicted in his novel, Oliver Twist. These men were often among the wealthiest in China. The guilds also held blocks of stock on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
Olmstead informed readers that Japan had built many large industrial installations in China. With Japan forced out, the Chinese had inherited this giant industrial complex but lacked the technicians and management personnel to operate it. S. assistance, requesting speciﬁcally a substantial number of experts in engineering, transportation and communications. Another avenue of employment would be the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), which was already processing applications.
Military personnel. Some of the confusion concerned the Chinese civil war, which was an unsettling event with various ramiﬁcations. It would also be deadly for some Americans, especially Marines, who sustained casualties in several armed clashes with Chinese Communist forces. The usual misunderstandings incurred by the meeting of contrasting cultures were also present, in this case, the classic encounters of East versus West famously evoked by the British poet Rudyard Kipling. One matter involved language.