PUBLICATION: JANUARY 31, 2023
PUBLICATION: SEPTEMBER 2, 2023
Trim: 13 x 18 cm
- Critically acclaimed. The 1940 publication of Through China’s Wall by Houghton Mifflin received enthusiastic reviews.
- History recorded by an eye witness. As an observer with an artist’s eye, the author gives a vivid and humanistic account of the affect of war on people’s lives, often overlooked in other histories of the period. A rare documentary of the March Polo Bridge Incident.
- Translated into Chinese for the first time by an eye witness. Translator Ho Mang Hang, who was a young adult at the time of the Marco Polo Incident, faithfully conveys Graham Peck’s account of these pivotal events as well as Peck’s outsider point of view to the Chinese reader.
- Kindred spirit between author and translator. Similar in age and both artists, Ho and Peck shared experiences at a pivotal time in China’s history. Ho wrote his own memoirs, which includes his account of the same period.
- Includes an introduction by a renowned historian. The preface written by Eugene Chiu, professor emeritus at Tunghai University, describes the historical context in 1937 that informs Graham Peck’s text.
- Looking back at history. The book encourages readers to better understand the events of the past as context for events that impact today’s world.
Paperback edition now available for pre-sale in Taiwan
AUTHOR: Graham Peck (1914-1968)
Born in 1914 in Connecticut, Graham Peck graduated from Yale University and worked at the U.S. Office of War Information in the 1940s. Peck went to China in 1935 for the first time and stayed for two years, after which he returned to the States and wrote Through China’s Wall. When World War II broke out, he returned to China. From October, 1944 to February, 1945, Peck was a war correspondent in Burma. His reports from this period were translated into Chinese by Chen Hanbo and published in 1945. In 1950, Peck published Two Kinds of Time along with his artwork, which remains an important reference for the study of Chinese history and politics today.
In 1968, Peck also featured China in his memoir China: The Remembered Life. In July of that same year, he died from cancer in Vermont at age 54 and was buried at Oak Cliff Cemetery in Derby, Connecticut.
TRANSLATOR: Ho Mang Hang (1916-2016)
Originally named Wenjie, Ho Mang Hang was born in Zhongshan, Guangdong. A graduate of Jinling University, Department of Agriculture Economics, his life was closely tied to the tumultuous history of modern China during the Republican era.
As the son-in-law of Wang Jingwei, after the end of the Second World War, Ho served two and a half years at Nanjing Tiger Bridge Prison. Immediately upon his release, he left for Hong Kong in March 1948 and later took up a position as Laboratory Superintendent in the Botany Department at Hong Kong University. Using the penname “江芙” (Jiangfu), Ho translated works of William Somerset Maugham for literary publications in Hong Kong.
After retiring in 1980, he devoted his time to gathering and studying materials and documents written by and related to Wang Jingwei. In 2010, Ho co-founded the Wang Jingwei Irrevocable Trust with his wife. He authored Cloud, Smoke, Scattered Memories, the Memoir of Ho Mang Hang as well as books on the botany of Hong Kong.
He sees so sharply, so rightly in all its details, he understands so well what he is looking at, that I who have seen those same things all my life could not keep from saying again and again, “That’s exactly the way it is in China.”…A first-rate book of its kind, ruthless, cool, humorous, uncluttered with personal feelings but full of comprehension of people.PEARL BUCK
Graham Peck has produced the best written record of personal experiences in the Far East that has appeared in many a long year.RODNEY GILBERT, New York Herald Tribune
Mr. Peck writes as if with a brush. He makes you see the China he saw.LEWIS GANNETT, New York Herald Tribune
One of the loveliest and most informative volumes on China.…Peck speaks of the people. China lives through these pages.Chicago Daily News
He brings you China so you will ever forget it.Ithaca Journal
And he painted a vivid picture of a China that is no more.Kirkus Reviews
An exceptionally fine new new book with a local-interest angle.…It is written in an unaffected, breezy style; is full of life and color; gives a true picture of the kindly, cheerful, sociable Chinese.JEANNETTE EDWARDS RATTRAY, East Hampton Star
A vivid report on wanderings into China’s deep hinterland.ROBERT GALE WOOLBERT, Foreign Affairs
A superb travel account of China ending with a description of the Japanese occupation of Peking in 1937, in which he was very much involved.STEPHEN R. MACKINNON AND ORIS FRIESEN, China Reporting