Misdirected protest

“Still more remarkable is the fact that by the beginning of the twentieth century the Manchus of some districts in Manchuria had completely forgotten that it was their own ancestors who had imposed queue-wearing on the Chinese, and were under the impression that it was a Chinese custom which their ancestors had imitated. When the revolution of 1911 broke out these Manchus gave what they thought was proof of their resentment against the Chinese “rebels” by cutting off their own queues.”

– from Reginald Johnston, Twilight in the Forbidden City (Victor Gollancz, 1934), p. 274-5


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