My Life in China and America

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H. Holt, 1909 - China - 286 pages

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This is a very interesting memoir, written by a man who saw, and helped foster, the beginnings of his country's transformation. Yung Wing ( ny ) was born in the south of China, near Macao, and had the ... Read full review

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Page 213 - ... to inquire into and report upon the matters therein contained, whose duty it shall be to examine into the truth of the representations made, to hear all parties interested in such real estate, and to report thereon with all convenient speed.
Page 173 - ... These one hundred and twenty students were to be divided into four installments of thirty students each, one installment to be sent out each year. They were to have fifteen years to finish their education. Their average age was to be from twelve to fourteen years. If the first and second in stallments proved to be a success, the scheme was to be continued indefinitely.
Page 168 - It was during this visit [Tseng's first visit in 1868] that 1 succeeded in persuading him to have a mechanical school annexed to the arsenal, in which Chinese youths might be taught the theory as well as the practice of mechanical engineering, and thus enable China in time to dispense with the employment of foreign mechanical engineers and machinists, and to be perfectly independent. This at once appealed to the practical turn of the Chinese mind, and the school was finally added to the...
Page 152 - ... be left entirely to my discretion and judgment, after consulting a professional mechanical engineer. At the end of another two weeks, Wha was authorized to tell me that the Viceroy, after having seen all the four men, had decided to empower me to go abroad and make purchases of such machinery as in the opinion of a professional engineer would be the best and the right machinery for China to adopt.
Page 41 - Before the close of my last year in college I had already sketched out what I should do. I was determined that the rising generation of China should enjoy the same educational advantages that I had enjoyed; that through western education China might be regenerated, become enlightened and powerful.
Page 149 - ... in the United States and from a common-sense point of view, I would say that a machine shop in the present state of China should be of a general and fundamental character and not one for specific purposes. In other words, I told them they ought to have a machine shop that would be able to create or reproduce other machine shops of the same character as itself; each and all of these should be able to turn out specific machinery for the manufacture of specific things.
Page 228 - League for a period of ten years, at the end of which time the plan will be subject to reconsideration and revision.
Page 173 - If the first and second in stallments proved to be a success, the scheme was to be continued indefinitely. Chinese teachers were to be provided to keep up their knowledge of Chinese while in the United States. Over the whole enterprise two commissioners were to be appointed...
Page 168 - Here is Yung Wing's record of the event : "He [Tseng] took a tour of inspection through his jurisdiction and one of the important places he visited was Shanghai and the Kiangnan Arsenal — an establishment of his own creation. I pointed out to him the machinery which I bought for him in America. He stood and watched its automatic movement with unabated delight, for this was the first time he had seen machinery, and how it worked."51 48. Tsou Kao, chiian 31, pp. 51-52. 49. Wei...
Page 188 - January, 1875, we moved into our new headquarters, which was a large, double three-story house spacious enough to accommodate the commis sioners, teachers and seventy-five students at one time. It was provided with a schoolroom where Chinese was exclusively taught; a dining room, a double kitchen, dormitories and bath rooms. The motive which led me to build permanent headquarters of our own was to have the educational mission as deeply rooted in the United States as possible, so as not to give the...

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