An acute, perceptive commentary on the transforming of China, and the humble, ordinary memoirs of a life well spent, in the autobiography of historical reminiscences by the Chancellor of Peking University. Born at the time of the Sino-French war, after Britain had cut China off from Burma, the author's life has spanned the greater part of the invasion of China by the West, has felt the repercussions of business, and prior to that missionary invasion. He was in Shanghai when the Boxer Rebellion broke out; he worked with the Sun Yat Sen revolutionaries while he was studying in California and New York. He returned to China as a disciple of Westernization, to participate in the student rebellions, the revolution, the rise of Chiang, the Japanese invasion. He records the wartime migration of universities, trips to Burma, Manchuria, Korea, Japan.