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Public Success, Private SorrowThe Life and Times of Charles Henry Brewitt-Taylor (1857-1938), China Customs Commissioner and Pioneer Translator$
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Isidore Cyril Cannon

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099616

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.001.0001

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The Man and His World

The Man and His World

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Public Success, Private Sorrow

Isidore Cyril Cannon

Hong Kong University Press

Looking into how Brewitt-Taylor (B-T) rose from a poor family suggests that the class structure during that era was rigid, and that social mobility was enabled through education. He was able to change his social status after he attended the Royal Hospital School. B-T's sense of social marginality enabled him to appreciate China's contrasting culture. His humble beginnings may have allowed him to foster persistence, dedication, and conscientiousness. Social marginality may have furthered his interest in Chinese minority appeal. Other characteristics such as his ability to withdraw and his concentration allowed him to cope with his second wife's mental illness. Because he had to tend to such needs, he was also frugal and careful with money. This final chapter summarizes B-T's personality and characteristics.

Keywords:   class structure, social mobility, education, social marginality, characteristics, Chinese minority

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