Hello everyone! Sorry for the hiatus, but I am currently preparing for my doctoral comprehensive exams and writing my dissertation prospectus. I expect this blog to be on hiatus until at least July of 2019. Please bear with me, and I can’t wait to get back to investigating the Boxer Indemnity Scholars again!
~ The Academic
A later Historical Text for this week! This one’s from 1920, a publication called “Young China”, which was published by The Publicity Bureau of the Chinese Students in the University of Illinois. The University of Illinois always had a large number of Chinese Students, especially Boxer Indemnity Scholars, because the president of the university, Edmund J. James, was integral in convincing the US government to set up the Boxer Indemnity Scholarship in the first place.
Continue reading “Historical Text: Young China, No. 5, pg. 14-15 (Aug. 1920)”
The Historical Text for this week is from the Chinese Students’ Monthly. It deals with the remission of the Boxer Indemnity by the United States, and the optimism by which this was greeted in both countries.
The Chinese Students’ Monthly, Vol. 4 No. 1, pg. 5-6
Continue reading “Historical Text: Chinese Students’ Monthly, Vol. 4 No. 1, pg. 5 (Nov. 1908)”
Today’s Historical Text comes from the Chinese Students’ Monthly of November 1908. The paragraph, on page 24 of the issue, addresses something that has been a difficulty of Chinese peoples for thousands of years: the diversity of languages among the different regions of China. What many in the US think of as “Chinese” is typically either Mandarin – a northern dialect – or Cantonese – a southern dialect – but in fact there are dozens of other languages within the borders of China. Although these languages all use the same Chinese characters, many are not mutually intelligible when spoken. Much like the solution the current People’s Republic of China has come up with, the CSA suggests using Mandarin as a lingua franca among the students of different dialects.
Continue reading “Historical Text: Chinese Students’ Monthly, Vol. 4 No. 1, pg. 24 (Nov. 1908)”
Today’s Historical Text is a news item from the English-language news in China. The article is about the graduation exercises at Tsinghua University in June of 1915. A note: about 50 non-associated people from Peking attended this graduation, just because they were interested in Tsinghua as a school . . . something completely unheard of at a modern graduation from a US university!
Continue reading “Historical Text: “Tsing Hua College Commencement”, Peking Daily News, 28 June 1915, pg. 4″
Today’s Historical Text is from the Chinese Students’ Monthly from 1915 and focuses on the changing role and policies at Tsinghua University. Founded just 4 years earlier with Boxer Indemnity funds, Tsinghua was meant to prepare Chinese students to study in US universities. It later added a university department of its own, and is currently one of the most prestigious universities in China.
Continue reading “Historical Text: Chinese Students’ Monthly, Vol. 11 No. 1 (Nov. 1915), pgs. 65-66”
I am REALLY EXCITED about this historical text, because it is a new one for me. I just connected with a colleague in China and we have been furiously exchanging information and documents. This is an edition of the “Mei zhou Liu xue Bao gao”, or “Newspaper of American Study Abroad”, which was published by the Chinese Students’ Association of the Western States (mainly California). This publication was meant to be released in 1906 – all the information in it is from 1905 – but it was delayed due to the San Francisco earthquake, so it was published in 1907 instead.
Continue reading “Historical Text: Mei zhou Liu xue Bao gao: Treasurer’s Report (1907), pgs. 199-204”
I thought I’d start a new feature in the blog where I reprint some amusing/interesting/historically significant text from some of my primary sources, to give you a better idea of the cultural context of the students I profile. These will be presented with citations, photos, descriptive text, and very little editorializing. Here we go!
Continue reading “Historical Text: Chinese Students’ Monthly, Vol. 4 No. 1, pg. 3 (Nov. 1908)”
I recently got access to a new research database: Shen Bao (申報). This was a newspaper published in Shanghai in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. It’s a Chinese-language source, which means I can search it for the Chinese names I have and get a bit more information about my students. I thought I’d go back and do a bit of updating of my previous posts with the information I’ve gleaned from Shen Bao.
Continue reading “Updates!”
While most of Nam Art Soo-Hoo‘s 11 children were wildly successful and prosperous in their adult lives, there were a few exceptions. I’ve posted about Andrew Soo-Hoo, the son who accidentally killed his father during an argument/fight, and never seemed to recover from that horror. But two others of the Soo-hoo family never realized their full adult potential: second-oldest daughter Pauline Soo-Hoo and third-oldest son Lincoln Soo-Hoo, because they both died before their respective 30th birthdays.
Continue reading “Pauline Soo-Hoo (司徒月桂) and Lincoln Soo-Hoo”