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.

Sao Ke Alfred Sze (Shi Zhaoji) 施肇基

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Sao Ke Alfred Sze, popularly known as Dr. Alfred Sze, was born in Chengtse, Kiangsu, in 1877. He received his early modern education at St. John’s University, Shanghai, between 1888 and 1892. During this time he gained some experience, … more

Y.L. Woo (Wu Yulin) 吳毓麟

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. Admiral Y.L. Woo, (Wu Yu-lin) was born at Tientsin in 1869. In 1885, he entered the Tientsin Naval College: from which he was graduated in 1892. Upon the completion of his studies in China, he was sent abroad, by the government, … more

Lo Wen-kan (Luo Wengan) 羅文幹

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Lo Wen-kan, a native of Canton, Kwangtung Province, was born in 1888. After receiving his elementary education in China, he went to England where he attended Oxford University. From there he was graduated, receiving the degree of Master of … more

Chen Chin-tao (Chen Jintao) 陳錦濤

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Dr. Chen Chin-tao was born at Nan-hai Hsien, Kwangtung Province, in 1870. After receiving his early education, he attended Queen’s College, Hongkong; from which he was graduated. He then instructed at Queen’s College, for a time; and later he … more

Yeh Kung-cho (Ye Gongchuo) 葉恭綽

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Yeh Kung-cho was born in Kwangtung Province in 1882. He received his early education at home under private tuition: and then went to Peking, where he studied at the Government University. After his graduation, he taught in various schools in Hupeh … more

Tuan Chi-kwei (Duan Zhigui) 段芝貴

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. General Tuan Chi-kwei is a native of Hohfei, Anhui. He was born in 1869. In the Twelth Year of Kwang Hsu, the late Ching Dynasty, he enlisted in the Peiyang Military Academy. After his graduation, he was attached to the Embassy of His … more

Tsao Ju-ling (Cao Rulin) 曹汝霖

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Tsao Ju-ling, a native of Shanghai, was born in 1876. While very young, he passed the Imperial Examinations. He did not approve of the old system of education; and therefore entered the Hupeh Railway School, where he studied mathematics and French. … more

Li Shih-hou (Li Sihao) 李思浩

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Li Shih-hou, a native of Ningpo, Chekiang Province, was born in 1880. Being successful in the government examinations, he obtained the coveted literary degree of Chu-jen (equivalent to the western degree of M.A.) in 1902. His early scholastic attainments qualified him … more

Sun Hung-yi (Sun Hongyi) 孫洪伊

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Sun Hung-yi was born in a small village near Tientsin, in 1870. After receiving his early schooling, he passed the various literary examinations and received high literary degrees. During the Manchu régime, Mr. Sun was elected a member of the Chihli … more

Li Kin-yuan (Li Genyuan) 李根源

This article is excerpted from Biographies of Prominent Chinese, published in Shanghai in c.1925. His Excellency Li Kin-yuan, a native of Teng Chun, Yunnan Province, was born in 1880. After passing the literary examinations, he was awarded the degree of ‘Hsiu Tsai’ and became a candidate for a provincial post. To further his studies, he went to … more