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.

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

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