Stepping Forth into the World

The Chinese Educational Mission to the United States, 1872–81

Edward J. M. Rhoads

Stepping Forth into the World

Edward J. M. Rhoads

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

332 pages | 37 b&w illus.; 11 tables | 6 x 9
Hardcover $45.00 ISBN: 9789888028863 Published January 2011 AAUKEU - ALL AMERICAS & UNITED KINGDOM & EUROPE
The Chinese Educational Mission was the earliest effort at educational modernization in China. As part of the Self-Strengthening Movement, the Qing government sent 120 young boys to New England to live and study for a decade, before abruptly summoning them home to China in 1881. The returned students helped staff numerous other modernization projects; some rose to top administrative and political posts in the Qing government. This book, based upon extensive research in US archives and newspapers, sheds new light on the students during their nine-year stay in the United States, and it compares their lives with those of the Japanese students in New England at about the same time. This detailed study of one of the most important projects in China’s Self-Strengthening Movement will appeal to historians of modern China as well as to comparative historians of China and Japan. The book also contrasts the experiences of the Chinese Educational Mission students with those of other Chinese in the United States during a period of anti-Chinese sentiment, which was to culminate in the enactment of Chinese Exclusion in 1882. Its conclusion that the anti- Chinese movement may have been as much class-based as race-based will provide much food for thought to scholars of Asian American studies.
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