Herbert Zernik

in Voices from Shanghai

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226181660
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226181684 | DOI:
Herbert Zernik

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This chapter presents “A Monkey Turned Human” (1945), a poem written by Herbert Zernik. Kanoh Ghoya, the subject of Zernik's poem, was a man hated by one and all. According to all accounts, he was sadistic and brutal, and he arbitrarily used his power to issue passes to leave Hongkou. The poem, probably written as soon as World War II ended, expressed the sentiments of most, if not all, ghetto inhabitants, who feared this man, yet had no choice but to endure his abuse if they wanted to leave Hongkou.

Keywords: poem; Herbert Zernik; Kanoh Ghoya; Hongkou; ghetto

Chapter.  603 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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