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Kenneth Ray Young on: The MacArthur Family Tour of Asia
Kenneth Ray Young Q: So Douglas goes on this incredible tour.

YOUNG: The tour that Douglas and his father took of Asia in 1905 and 1906 was one of the I think most important events in Douglasí life because as he traveled through China and French Indochina through the Dutch East Indies through Singapore and Malaysia and India and Siam as well, everywhere they went General Arthur MacArthur was greeted with a great deal of respect and dignity. He met kings and queens and governors of all levels and all of them treated Arthur MacArthur as if he were an important person. On this trip there'd been many a time when a father and son would have had a time for long extended discussions. You know when their own the ocean liners going from port to port and his father at that time made a great impression on Douglas on what you were required to do if you were going to give advice.

He insisted the two of them read every book they could lay their hands on for the countries they were visiting and the list of books is extensive. Douglas is a secretary and he kept notes you know. Forty, fifty, sixty of them in the period and they would read them and they would talk about them and talk about what they were experiencing and what would be the appropriate actions to alleviate poverty in Asia. The discrepancy between the extremely wealthy and the poor

And Douglas, I suppose this extended trip gave him justification for later saying that he knew the Asian mind and I think what he meant by that was that he understood the difference between Asia and life in the United States. I don't think even he would have said that he was an expert. That's too strong but in reality there'd be few men in the American military or in universities that knew as much about Asia as Douglas did and a lot of that can be attributed to this eighteen thousand mile trip that he took with his father when he was at a very impressionable age. I mean he was twenty-five, twenty-six years old and his father was almost godlike at that time.

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