Title: The Orient I Found
Author: Thomas J. McMahon
Publisher: D. Appleton & Company, 1926.
Condition: Hardcover, significant sunning and stain to cover. Some foxing to edges, title page and end papers. Text clean.
About the book:
An Australian view of Northeast and Southeast Asia, containing 62 illustrations/photographs of the various regions. Less a travel journal than an account of the socio-political conditions of the time, the book contains the author’s impressions of Australia, Sandakan, Manila, Hong Kong, Japan and China.
Some of the author’s thoughts have turned out rather prophetic, bearing in mind this was written in 1926. Here’s an excerpt:
“The tension between this section of Americans and Japanese in China is strengthening every day, and the trouble must eventually lead to war. America will not want to send her ships or armies to subjugate Japan. The Japanese will have no need to hurry across the wide stretch of seas to invade America. Action will concentrate in the Pacific, and directly on the Philippines. With every advantage the Japanese must capture that group. This will be the challenge to the white race for an unconditional recognition of racial equality. The British will be forced into the struggle. Meanwhile the coloured races, in India and China particularly, will seize the opportunity and rise against white domination.”