FALSE IDEAS OF CHINAEighty years on and anti-Chinese sentiment - though somewhat more sophisticated - still abounds.
A booklet disabusing readers of many prejudices and opinions regarding China and its people has been issued oy the British Department of Overseas Trade. It states that the word "Chink" is insulting and should never be used; that even the word "Chinaman" is derogatory and should be avoided; that the Chinese are-no longer "heathen Chinese;" that the sinister, yellow-skinned man of sensational type, found in novels and plays, is a myth; and, greatest surprise of all, that "Pidgin English" is dead, and that good English will carry the tourist everywhere in what used to be called the Celestial Empire. The booklet states that the common idea that Chinese food is strange in composition and repulsive in appearance is also unfounded. It asserts that such dishes as birds' nests, sharks' fins, beche-de-mer—otherwise known as "seaslug"—and even the famous "ancient eggs," have a pleasant and delectable flavour enhanced by the excellence of Chinese cooking.
Makes one realise the axiom, "...it takes a generation or more to make real change" may be overly optimistic.