WAR IN CHINA: No Northern Peace

The South Chinese are short, voluble, emotional, but the North Chinese are tall, silent and stubborn. In 1928 the then newfangled Chiang Kai-shek Government changed the name Peking (Northern Capital) to Peiping (Northern Peace). The farmers in the neighborhood did not like the Chiang Government and so they refused to call the city by its new name.

But nine years later the Japanese arrived, and soon changed the name back to Peking. The farmers, who now liked Chiang and hated the Japanese, proceeded to change their minds and call the city Peiping.

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