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Title

China Notebook

Description

Warren Phillips kept a meticulous record of his journeys through China as part of the official press delegation to the country in 1972. This leather bound notebook is his primary journal in which he recorded a narrative of each day’s events, interspersed with observations and interpretations of his experiences. (Selections - full volume available from Queens College Archives)

Subject

China
Phillips, Warren, 1926-
Forbidden City (Beijing, China)
Yihe Yuan (Beijing, China)

Creator

Phillips, Warren, 1926-

Source

WarrenPhillipsPapers.Box8.Folder5

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1972

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JPEG
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Language

English

Type

Text

Coverage

China

Text

Contrast: Outside, the massed flags, the massive imposing government buildings, the high walls behind which the Mings and Manchus lived, all the panoply of power and the state. Behind the facade of the house and the walls repeating courtyards from the street outside, the universality of family life. (It's now 7:45 and the family, dressed and scrubbed, has gone inside).
After breakfast of yen mai'fen, we drive through the west part of town to the Summer Palace for the National Day celebrations. Old buildings from the Manchu Dynasty with colorfully costumed kids doing dances in the courtyards, magicians performing, also [comics], others. We go aboard the big marble boat, see old Marshal Chu Teh walk by, and have a snack in a pavilion there. Afternoon is free and I spend it all buying jade and other gifts for everyone.
The group goes to an athletic exhibition but I skip it to do a little work and go to bed.
(Continued 2 pages forward)

Original Format

Paper
Notebook
3.5 x 5 inches (89 x 127 mm)

Citation

Phillips, Warren, 1926-, “China Notebook,” Queens College Archives and Special Collections, accessed November 20, 2017, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/queenscollege/items/show/450.