The Oriental Economic Review Volume 1

The Oriental Economic Review Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...even at night, makes the French pallid. In the whole of French Indo-China, with an area of 310,000 square miles and a population of eighteen millions there are only 15,500 French people. Most of them belong to the official class, spending one year of every three at home on leave. While the French do not seem to take kindly to a tropical climate, the Chinese are thriving and steadily establishing their interests in these French possessions. From Annam to Tonkin, throughout Indo-China, the Chinese hold the economic supremacy, owning most of the prosperous business houses and profitable farms and allowing the French to trovern them. The French government taxes the Chinese at the rate of $7.25 per capita a year, and the employer of Chinese laborers with a special employment tax ranging from $35 to $120. The Chinese who travel from one part of Indo-China to another are required to provide themselves with a passport. Chinese elasticity and resourcefulness, however, not only surmount this obstacle but have brought it about that all industries and business affairs are now on a thoroughly sound basis under the guarantee of the safety of life and property by the French authority. We are indeed left in doubt whether the French authority in Indo-China has been established for the benefit of the French or of the Chinese. The display of what amounts to actual genius in colonization is to be credited to the English on account of the way in which they govern their tiny dominion of Hongkong. Sixty years ago when England first came there, Hongkong was a bare, rocky island, inhabited by fifty or sixty fishermen and pirates. The work of the Englishmen created the hills, covered with luxuriant woods, and a beautiful city with asphalt and macadamized roads. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 390g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236508440
  • 9781236508447