"Patriots" Or "traitors"?: A History of American-educated Chinese Students

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M.E. Sharpe, 2004 - Education - 527 pages
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This book offers new insight into the love-hate relationship between the United States and China by examining the experience of Chinese students caught between the two countries. American-educated Chinese have considered themselves patriots because they studied in the west in order to return home to build a strong and prosperous China. However, when they returned they were often accused of being traitors who advocated Western ideals. The author focuses on several generations of Chinese students from 1872 to the present as she examines attempts to bridge the gap between East and West. The work includes seventeen biographical sketches that place the cultural and political trends of over a century within a more personal and accessible context. Through the students' experiences we are able to trace developments in China's modern history, China's ambivalence toward Western influence, U.S.-China relations, and the use of educational and cultural exchanges as a political device.
 

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Contents

China and the United States
17
Tsinghua School
53
Sailing from Shanghai
91
Carrying a Satchel in a Strange Land
111
Experimenting with Democracy
157
Student Ambassadors
199
The Road That Leads to Home
251
Smashing the Bridge to the West
297
Chinese Students
347
Timeline
367
Chinese Students in the United States 1914
375
Top Last Schools Attended in China for Students
381
Truth about China and the United States
385
Glossary of Names
453
Sources for Illustrations
469
Index
507

No Place to Display Ones Talents
315

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Carol Lee Hamrin is research professor at George Mason University and a senior associate with Global China Center and author of God and Caesar in China and Decision Making in Deng's China. Stacey Bieler is author of Patriots or Traitors? A History of American-Educated Chinese Students.

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