Arthur Ransome and Oscar Wilde understood how important it is to build bridges between countries and cultures.
China is a country that was significant to their work.
Wilde talked of the beautiful cups the people of China use with which to drink tea in one of his American lectures The Decorative Arts which highlighted the importance of art in everyday life. This lecture is in The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde by Harper Collins.
Arthur Ransome travelled to China as special correspondent to The Manchester Guardian in 1927 and like his amazing auntie made it to Peking!
Ransome in China 1927 by TARS’ publication Amazon gives a detailed account of his experience of the orient.
This episode of his life inspired Ransome’s 1941 novel Missee Lee.
More about his aunt is in a local publication The Thorns, produced by the Slyne-with-Hest Historical Society located near Morecambe Bay.
For an example of Chinese culture appreciation in the Western world today click the link below to see the work of the local music centre More Music in Morecambe.