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Vanya Oakes

  • I had thought enough ... to decide that I was going to 'teach.' In a sense that reflected the characteristically superior approach of most Americans to the Oriental. We tend to see ourselves as, automatically, the appointed teacher.

    • Vanya Oakes,
    • "I Arrive in Shanghai," White Man's Folly ()
  • No needle is sharp at both ends.

    • Vanya Oakes,
    • chapter title, White Man's Folly ()
  • Instead of thinking in international terms, as the changing pattern of world events demanded, we persisted in limiting our vision to national vistas. We lulled ourselves with the comfortable conviction that the future of our country would be decided according to developments in New York and Washington, without regard to anything that happened or could happen in Shanghai, Chungking, Moscow, or Berlin.

    • Vanya Oakes,
    • "Need for an International Outlook," White Man's Folly ()
  • [The] clamor for personality stuff touched on an American phenomenon which is to demand that issues, influences, trends, great world movements, be dramatized in the guise of a handful of 'name' people. The tremendous social, psychological, economic, political forces that are on the move throughout the world today must be served up to us in the forms and natures of Churchill, Roosevelt, Chiang Kai-shek, Stalin, the evil geniuses of Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo, for that is the only form in which they can catch our interest in the midst of the busy struggle for existence.

    • Vanya Oakes,
    • "Need for an International Outlook," White Man's Folly ()

Vanya Oakes, U.S. writer

(1909 - 1963)

Real name:  Virginia Armstrong Oakes.