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1918 Excerpt: ...Standard Oil Company under the directorship of Mr.
E. W. S. Moffett. Here the young men--all college men--are taught
the oil business--the Standard Oil business. After three months of
instruction there is an examination and those who pass get jobs and
those who do not pass go into some other line of business. All
through this course the students have it pounded into them that
they should learn the language. After he arrives in China each man
is supplied with a copy of the standard text book used and is
instructed as to the employment of a teacher and how to begin his
studies. Then at stated intervals he is examined and graded.
Finally he is given a last examination, and if proficient is given
a certificate to that effect. Since the Mandarin dialect is used by
two-thirds of the population of China, the Standard Oil Company
encourages its men to learn this as a basis. After it is mastered
it is not so difficult to learn the dialect of Shanghai or Canton,
in case the man is to be stationed at these or other places where
different dialects prevail. The advantage of this policy is shown
in the ease with which the Company has been able to transfer men
from one district to another. It is often necessary during vacation
time to move a dozen men in order to give one a leave of absence.
Another element in the extension of American business in the Orient
is the American consular service in China and Japan. For several
years the members of this service have been compelled to study
Chinese and Japanese. A special school for this purpose is
maintained in connection with the American Embassy at Peking for
the study of Chinese. Every man spends an average of two years at
this place before he is assigned to his duties at one of the treaty
ports. Recently it has been suggest...
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