CHP-130-Morris Two-Gun Cohen Part 1

Today I wanted to introduce a sort of lovable rogue who haunted the hotel lobby’s of Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, London and Edmonton. Today’s subject was by no means a historic figure. In fact, I don’t think you can even call him a bit player. Nonetheless, Morris Abraham Cohen had a China story that deserves a telling. Today’s episode will look at his early life, how he ended up in Canada and how he got hooked up with the local Chinese Canadians.  We’ll get as far as the death of Sun Yat-sen in early 1925.  We’ll finish up next time with Morris Cohen’s life after Dr. Sun.  I mainly used Daniel S. Levy’s superb biography: Two-Gun Cohen, A Biography.


Ma Kun 马坤 Morris Cohen’s Chinese name

Tongmenghui 同盟会 Sun’s Political Party, later became KMT

Puyi 溥仪 Last Emperor of the Qing dyansty

Song Qingling  宋庆龄 Madame Sun Yat-sen, Soong Ch’ing-ling

Guo Fu  国父 Father of the Country, Sun Yat-sen

Fuguan  副官  Body guard, aide-de-camp


  • Hi Laszlo

    Just started to listen to you podcast while walking the dog. Almost became a Sinophile at Uni but went for Arabic and Hebrew instead. Ran across these two pod-casts on Two Gun which put a smile on my face as my oldest school friend is his cousin. The Cohen’s start still going strong in London! 🙂 Enjoyed it and what I’ve heard so far on Hong Kong.

    Thanks for your effort really appreciated.


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