chapter  I
Agricultural and Domestic Matters
ByJustus Doolittle
Pages 22

The Chinese at Fuhchau are shorter than the generality of foreigners, mild in character, and timid in appearance. They are not as turbulent, bloodthirsty, and daring as are the Chinese of some of the more southern sections of the empire. They indulge oftentimes in angry scolding and violent quarrelling in the streets, but seldom come to earnest blows. They are proud and self-relying, and look with disdain, as do other Chinese, on foreigners. They are in the habit of applying diminutive and derogatory expressions to them: none so bad, however, as “fanqui”—4‘foreign devil”—formerly used so constantly at Canton. The most common epithet applied at Fuhchau to foreigners is “Huang kiang”—“foreign children.” They, almost without exception, have black hair and eyes; and, noticing the fact that most foreigners have hair and eyes not of the same colour, frequently express this difference by calling them red-haired and blue-eyed, though their hair may be white and eyes grey. Foreigners all belong to the kingdom of red-haired people, while the Chinese style themselves men of the “black-haired race.”