Reading into the Past

Reading into the Past is a selection of English-language materials relevant to the China Story originally published in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In reprinting these essays we intend to not only preserve them and make them more easily accessible, but also to augment the modern day China Story by providing perspectives from the past on critical issues that continue to be debated. More than mere curios, Reading into the Past illuminates and contextualises the present.

P.W. Kuo (Guo Bingwen) 郭秉文

Dr. P.W. Kuo (Kuo Ping-wen), President of the National Southeastern University, was born in Shanghai in 1880. He received his early education at the Lowrie Institute of Shanghai, from which he graduated in 1896 and taught for one year after graduation. From 1897 to 1906, Dr. Kuo served in the Customs and Postal Service at … more

Hu Suh (Hu Shi) 胡適

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Dr. Hu Suh was born in Shanghai, December 17, 1891. His father was a scholar of high attainment, known for his geographical researches in Northern Manchuria, where he travelled extensively. His father died, when he was very young, and he was … more

Y. Ralph Sun (Sun Yuanfang) 孫元方

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Mr. Y. Ralph Sun (Sung Yuen-fong), manager of the Chung Foo Union Bank of Shanghai, was born in Seu-Hsien, Anhwei, in the year 1883. He received his elementary education at home until 1903. He then went to America to study; where, after attending … more

L.T. Yuan (Yuan Lidun) 袁禮敦

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Mr L. T. Yuan, (YUAN LI-TUNG) a popular member of the Chinese merchant community of Shanghai, was born in Ningpo, Chekiang Province, into a family of very modest means. Mr Yuan was obliged to struggle for his own education, which began in a … more

Tsung Yu-ching (Zeng Dingxun) 曾鼎勛

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Mr. Tsung Yu-ching, is a native of Changsha, Hunan Province, where he received his early education. His parents were active in public affairs, and became well known by their generous support of philanthropic undertakings. Mr. Tsung was early gifted with an … more

Sung May-dong (Sun Meitang) 孫梅堂

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Mr. Sung May-dong, a native of Ningpo, Chekiang Province, was born in 1884. Bright and intelligent, he entered St. John’s University of Shanghai, at the age of fourteen; but after four years at that school, he decided to discontinue his studies. … more

Lo Shut-po (Luo Xuefu) 羅雪甫

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Mr. Lo Shut-po, a native of Canton, was born in 1884. Although quiet and unassuming, as a boy, he was very ambitious. When he was twenty years of age, he was registered in the literary institution of the district, an academy of higher … more

Chau Siu-ki (Zhou Shaoqi) 周少岐

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Honorable Chau Siu-ki, a British subject, born in Hongkong in 1863 is, without doubt one of the most active and busiest men in the Colony. He was educated at the old Central School, under the headmastership of the late Dr. Steward, and left … more

Hsiung Ping-chi (Xiong Bingqi) 熊炳琦

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. General Hsiung Ping-chi was born in Shantung. When young, he believed that the Manchu rule was turning China from bad to worse, and determined to enter the military circle, thinking that he would thus be in a better position to help … more

Wang Chen-ping (Wang Chengbin) 王承斌

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. General Wang Chen-ping was born in Shantung Province. His parents were of the farming class, and not very well known. They later settled at Shencheng, Fengtien Province. At the age of ten, his father died, which left considerable responsibility on his … more