This extraordinary Chinese romance had an almost continuous life of thirty years. The Yellow Jacket is the most successful adaptation in English of the form and spirit of the Chinese drama. Within the one simple conventional set is acted out in charming and naive fashion the whole colorful and romantic drama of a young man's adventure through life, beginning at birth and passing through all the critical periods of his development as a youth, a lover, a mature man, seeking and finding adventure, excitement, satisfaction and at last a meaning to his life. The charming and often amusing conventions of the Chinese stage are used with striking effect. The play is relatively simple to produce and because of its universal theme, its charm, its romance and its delightful humor it is properly regarded as one of the outstanding plays of the modern theatre.