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.

Ling Chang-ming (Lin Changmin) 林長民

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Ling Chang-ming was born in Fukien Province, in 1876. As a boy, he studied literature in Confucian schools; and, at twenty-five, he took up the study of English. Foreign politics and law interested him very much; and he was … more

Chang Hu (Zhang Hu) 張弧

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Chang Hu was born at Hsiaohan Hsien, Chekiang Province, in 1876. He was a Chu Jen, or Provincial Graduate, in the Ching régime. Later he obtained the rank of Expectant Prefect. Between 1902 and 1905, Mr. Chang took an … more

V.K. Wellington Koo (Gu Weijun) 顧維鈞

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Dr. V.K. Wellington Koo was born at Shanghai, in 1887. From 1899 to 1900, he studied at the Anglo-Chinese College, Shanghai; at the Yu Tsai School, from 1900-1901; and at St. John’s University, from 1901 to 1904. While at … more

Kiang Yung (Jiang Yong) 江庸

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Kiang Yung was born at Chang-tien Hsien, Fukien Province, in 1877. He studied at Waseda University, in Japan, where he specialized in law and economics. In 1907, the Imperial Chinese Government appointed him to conduct a mission to study … more

Fan Yuan-lien (Fan Yuanlian) 范源濂

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Fan Yuan-lien, was born at Hsiang-ying Hsien, Hunan, in 1872. He attended the Shi Hu School, in his native province, in 1899. After his graduation he went to Japan for higher education. He attended the Normal College of Tokyo, … more

Tsai Ting-kan (Cai Tinggan) 蔡廷幹

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Tsai Ting-kan wrote the introduction to Biographies of Prominent Chinese. Admiral Tsai Ting-kan was born in 1861 in the Hsiang Shan District, Kwangtung Province. He received his early education in his home district schools. Thereafter he attended the Chinese Educational Mission … more

Wang Chia-hsiang (Wang Jiaxiang) 王家襄

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Mr. Wang Chia-hsiang was born at Shaoshing, Chekiang Province, in 1873. During the Ching Dynasty, he was made a Senior Licentiate. In 1901, he was appointed Expectant Sub-Prefect; and, in 1902, he was made Expectant Prefect. In 1904, he went to … more

Wu Chien-lien (Wu Jinglian) 吳景濂

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Mr. Wu Chien-lien was born at Hsing-ch’eng Hsien, Fengtien Province, in 1875. He was one of the first graduates of the Peking University, finishing the High Normal Course in 1907. Subsequently, Mr. Wu went to Japan; where he studied for one … more

Chang Chi-tan (Zhang Zhitan) 張志潭

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Chang Chi-tan, was born in 1883, at Fengjen Hsien, Chihli Province. He passed the government examinations during the Ching régime; and in 1904 received the degree of Chu-jen, equivalent to the present college degree of M.A. Mr. Chang started … more

Wang Keh-min (Wang Kemin) 王克敏

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Wang Keh-min was born at Hangchow, Chekiang Province, in 1879. He became a Chujen, or provincial graduate, during the Ching Dynasty. In 1900, Mr. Wang was appointed, by the authorities of the Province of Chekiang, as director of the … more