When We Were Orphans - Study Guide Chapter 12 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 12 and 13 comprise Part 4.It is set in the Cathay Hotel, Shanghai, on September 20th of 1937. Christopher is finally in Shanghai. He is discouraged by the destruction he sees in the city of his childhood, but more so by the apathy he witnesses amongst the "Shanghai elites," who are the ones that depend on him to save them while they themselves are unwilling to do anything themselves. He is also frustrated by the authorities who are supposed to assist him in finding his parents.

At the welcome party thrown in his honor at the English consulate, Christopher asks Mr. McDonald about the Yellow Snake killings. He is convinced that Mr. McDonald is actually a senior intelligence man in disguise. Christopher is anxious to speak to the Yellow Snake. He is met with a lukewarm promise of assistance from Mr. McDonald. Another official, Mr. Grayson, barrages him with...

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