Author(s): Chris Elder (editor)
New Zealand’s China Experience collects fiction, poetry, personal accounts, historical narrative, anecdotes, transcribed oral narratives, newspaper articles and more, all bearing in one way or another on New Zealand perceptions of China and contacts with China and the Chinese. Highlights include: •An 1823 report pointing to the importance of the Chinese market. •The lives of Chinese goldminers seen by the missionary Alexander Don and the contemporary writer Alison Wong, and in the film Illustrious Energy. •First-hand reports of the bombing of Shanghai by Robin Hyde, and Mao Zedong in the Yunan caves by James Bertram. •The Chinese contractor in Dunedin who changed his name to MacPherson in order to bid successfully for Council contracts. •The New Zealand sheep flown 2,500 miles inland from Shanghai and rafted down the Yellow River to establish a breeding flock. •The New Zealand Honorary Consul in Tianjin who caused a diplomatic incident when required to remove his trousers at a Japanese checkpoint. •The ship’s captain who took greenstone from Milford Sound for the China market, losing an eye and fracturing both arms in the blasting operation.
Chris Elder has edited two literary anthologies published by Oxford University Press: Old Peking: City of the Ruler of the World and China's Treaty Ports: Half Love and Half Hate. He has researched extensively New Zealand's early relations with China, and written a number of articles and research papers on the subject. He has served twice in the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing, most recently as ambassador 1993-97.
A New Beginning / Hon. Joe Walding Commissioner Bigge’s Report / John Thomas Bigge Captain William Anglem / Basil Howard Illustrious Energy / Leon Narby and Martin Edmond Stone-horse Village / Rev. Alexander Don Two Poems / Alison Wong Tents and Huts / Rev. Alexander Don National Characteristics / Rev. Alexander Don Chinee Johnee / Thomas Bracken Asiatics Restriction Bill / Proceedings of the House of Representatives The Missionary Explorer / J. Huston Edgar Open Tender / G. L. Meredith The Government and the Yellow Peril / Andre Siegfried Jade Taniwha / Jenny Bol Jun Lee Primary Care / Dr H. B. Turbott A Chinese Newspaper / William Quinn Where Life is Cheap The Dominion Seeking a Name / Alison Wong The Factory Inspector / Rewi Alley The City of Peking / The Press The Twelfth of December / James Bertram New Life for China / George Shepherd Chinese Pottery / T. A. McCormack Missionary Zeal / Katherine Hall The Way to Yenan / James Bertram A Letter from Shanghai / Robin Hyde Two poems / Robin Hyde Shirtsleeves Diplomacy / Auckland Star Big City Life / Joseph Needham The Refugee’s Story / Lam-Lau Yuet-Sin Three Poems / Chris Tse Wartime China / Agnes Moncrieff A Goddess of Mercy / Rita Angus Gee Hong’s War / Imogen Neale Famine in Hunan / George Silk Mandarin Summer / Fiona Kidman More about Keri-Keri / Reginald T. Waters Sheep Can Fly / Colin Morrison Desert Hospital / Barbara Spencer New Zealand Representation / Colin Morrison Squaring the Circle / Alister McIntosh The Village of Nam Hu Chu / Margaret Garland The Communist Speaks / James K. Baxter Red China on the March / Tom Hutchins A Pioneer Trader / Ron Howell The Chinese Earth / Keith Buchanan A Cloak for Mao / Ramai Haywood The May Day Celebration / James Cameron and Brian Brake Workers of the World / V.G. Wilcox For the Record Letter to a Chinese Poet / Ruth Dallas ’Banned by Tides . . .’ / Keith Buchanan Courtenay Place / Kerry Ann Lee Establishing Diplomatic Relations Six Chapters from Old School Life / Paul Clark New Zealand and China / Bryce Harland Third Younger Uncle / James Ng Ode to the Eight Immortals / C. K. Stead He Pakiaka Time to Go / Mervyn Cull Geographical Footnote / Anon Writer Liu Mo Zhi Hong Two Poems / Diana Bridge A Particular Occasion / John Needham An Apology / Rt. Hon. Helen Clark One Man’s Meat / Mervyn Cull Xia Yu Tze / Ming Mok First Pass Under Heaven / Nathan Hoturoa Gray Chopsticks / Sarah Laing The City God / Paula Morris The Way Ahead Rt. Hon. John Key.