Letters from a Visitor to China, Part II

  • Joan Robinson
Keywords: History

Abstract

It is a convention to pretend not to know English and to speak through an interpreter, though the speaker often blandly helps the interpreter out with a difficult phrase. At formal occasions this is fair enough, but it becomes rather farcical in a private interview. I suppose the reason is to mask the difference between the sophisticated western-taught intellectuals and the ex-peasants who got their education in the cave schools of the guerrilla army.
Published
1953-12-09
Section
Articles