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.

Chang Fu-lai (Zhang Fulai) 張福來

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. General Chang Fu-lai, a native of Chiaho Hsien, Chihli Province, was born in 1871. He received his military education from a military academy in North China, and started his military career as a common soldier. In 1903, he became Captain of … more

Hu Han-ming (Hu Hanmin) 胡漢民

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. General Hu Han-ming was born in Fan-yu Hsien, Kwangtung Province, in 1886, (the home of his parents being in Chekiang province). After receiving his preliminary education in Canton, General Hu proceeded to Japan to study. While there, he made the acquaintance … more

R. H. Kotewall (Lo Kuk-wu) 羅旭龢

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925.   Honorable Robert H. Kotewall (Lo Kuk-wo) M.L.C., J.P., was born in 1880. He entered the Hongkong Government Service as fourth clerk of the Police Department, in 1896, after competitive examination; and, in January 1916, he became first clerk of the Colonial Secretary’s … more

Chow Cheong-ling (Zhou Changling) 周長齡

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Honorable Chow Cheong-ling, known to his intimates as Mr. Chow Shou-son, a native of Pao An district, Kwantung Province, was born in Hongkong in 1861. After his early education, in China, he was sent by the Chinese government, in 1873, to the United … more

Li Po-kwai (Li Baokui) 李葆葵

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Mr. Li Po-kwai is a native of Sun-Wui, Kwangtung. He received a good education, in Chinese. He served at one time, as Chairman of the Sun-Wui Chamber of Commerce. He later became a dealer in rice; and then he engaged in the insurance, … more

Sze Sao-tseng (Shi Zhaozeng) 施肇曾

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925.   Mr. Sze Sao-tseng, better known as Sze Sing-tse, was born in Tseng-Zeh, Kiangsu, in 1866. Coming from a humble family, he was ambitious in his youth; and he educated himself in modern schools. During this time, he acquired a very good knowledge … more

Chan Lim-pak (Chen Lianba) 陳廉伯

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925.   Mr. Chan Lim-pak was born in 1884, at Namhoi, Kwangtung. He is a leading member of a well known family, noted in South China for its many commercial activities. Mr. Chan, aside from being an experienced and influential banker, controls … more

Y.M. Chien (Qing Yongming) 錢永銘

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Mr Y.M. Chien was born in Shanghai, in 1885. He was graduated from the Kobe Commercial College. Upon returning to China, engaged in the banking business and became manager of the Shanghai branch of the Bank of Communications. He became a … more

Wang Chih-chang (Wang Zhichang) 王治昌

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Mr. Wang Chih-chang was born at Tientsin, Chihli Province, in 1877. He studied law at the Peiyang University, Tientsin. Before he graduated from the University, he went to Japan. There he entered the Waseda University, taking a Commercial Course, and was … more

Hsu Un-yeun (Xu Enyuan) 徐恩元

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Mr. Hsu Un-yuen, one of the leading financial authorities in China, is a native of Chekiang Province: where he was born in 1884. He was first educated in the old school, and won his first degree in Chinese Classics when he … more