China Shall Rise Again
CHINA is fortunate in having in a high post of leadership such a woman as Madame Chiang Kai-shek, who, along with passionate patriotism, possesses the gift of pleading her country’s cause in terms that are best calculated to appeal to the Western liberal mind. Her voice rings out clear and vibrant from China’s remote and much bombed inland capital of Chungking, set on its high cliff amid the almost perpetual fog of the upper Yangtze. Like her distinguished literan compatriot, Lin Yu-tang, Madame Chiang Kai-shek does not shrink from criticism of her own people, and her chapter on ‘seven deadly sins’ is a frank and useful lesson in Chinese psychology. It is naturally, however, the theme of heroic struggle against overwhelming material odds that is uppermost in Madame Chiang Kai-shek’s work, and she declares that if China should be beaten it will be because ‘by the concerted action of the democracies China was strangled to death by an economic noose fashioned by Japan out of British appeasement, American profiteering, and French fear.’ Marshal Chiang Kai-shek contributes a preface in which he suggests that such an ordeal as China is undergoing is a means of national regeneration. A hard teaching, but conducive to national survival in an age of violence like the present one. There are chapters on the conduct of the war, on industry, finance, transportation, and other subjects, contributed by high officials of the Chinese Government.
W. H. C.