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China Knows No Race Prejudice, Says Peking Educator

August 9, 1923
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Dr. Monroe Tang, professor in Teachers’ College, Peking, China, one of the leading delegates to the convention of the Kuo Min Tang, the National People’s Party of China, being held in Detroit this week, declared in an interview granted the J.T.A. correspondent that there is no race prejudice in China and that everyone, native or foreigner, is placed on an equal footing there.

Dr. Tang said that the number of Jews in China is uncertain but is undoubtedly very small. There are Jewish communities in Shanghai, Peking and perhaps two or three other cities. Most of them are tradesmen and merchants who live on friendly terms with the rest of the population, which either does not know or doesn’t pay any attention to their being Jews.

That intermarriage is a common occurrence among Chinese Jews was pointed out by Dr. Tang. Referring to the refugee situation, he said that the plight of the Jewish refugees is due, no doubt, to the unsettled conditions of the land and to the uncertainty of political situation.

“The Chinese know no racial prejudice, and there is, therefore, no anti-Semitism in China”, Dr. Tang declared.

Dr. Tang expressed the belief that if the Jewish people were to continue to imbibel education on equal terms with the Chinese and to take an active part in the communal and government affairs, without forming a separate group or tending to become clannish, anti-Semitism or any sort of race hatred would never find root in China.

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