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Percy Chen’s China Called Me: My Life inside the Chinese Revolution was published in Boston by Little, Brown in 1979. Used copies are available from US on-line dealers at around £8.– Chen, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1901, was educated at University College School in London, then at the Middle Temple where he was called to the Bar in 1922. He returned to Trinidad and then in 1926 he went to China and joined his father, Eugene Chen who was soon foreign minister. Percy Chen’s recollections of life in 1910s and 1920s England are informative, for he had a dark complexion through his French West Indies mother (who, with her daughters, lived in London at that time).

The autobiography was also published in Chinese.

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