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Chasing the Dragon in Shanghai

Canada’s Early Relations with China, 1858-1952

Canada shared a rich, multi-faceted history with China long before it recognized the People’s Republic of China in 1970. John Meehan brings to light the activities of early Canadian missionaries, business people, government officials, and adventurers in Shanghai, the gateway to China and an important cultural contact zone. These sojourners’ experiences – which unfolded against a backdrop of war and revolution and Canada’s own evolution from colony to nation – reflected Canada’s deepening relationship with China and the troubling asymmetries that underpinned it. Although Canadians, like other foreigners, had left Shanghai by the early 1950s, their lives and activities foreshadowed more recent Canadian initiatives in China.

260 pages

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Gateway to China

1 Imperial Overtures

2 Establishing a Presence

3 The Tide of Nationalism

4 A False Security

5 Forged in Fire

6 Preparing for the End

Conclusion: From Asymmetry to Opportunity

Appendix: List of Canadians Interned in Shanghai (1943-45)


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