Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Francis J. Tatu
Q: Any how many staff wherein the consulate general as a whole?
TATU: Gee, I don't know that figure, but I would say 200, counting all agencies and local staff.
Q: A large staff, right?
TATU: Yes, about 200, counting locals?
Q: Well, either way you want.
TATU: I would say there were probably about 100 Americans anprobably a matching 100 Chinese.
Q: And what were the rest of the Americans doing?
TATU: Political, economic; it was a watching post, and there werother agencies.
Q: A China-watch post.
TATU: Yes, right. There was no other facility but Hong Kong, and some of our guys went bad, too, you know. There were all kind of bribes being offered to us all the time.
Q: Were there a number of cases where American officers were caught?
TATU: Well, I said, “some of our guys,” but I can only think of one main case, who then opened up an antique shop on Connecticut Avenue with antiques that had been given to him in Hong Kong.
Q: For his services.
TATU: For his services, yes.
Q: So you were working in the visa section your entire period in Hong Kong?