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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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Life in Foochow:

Life in Foochow:

Family, Teaching, Writing

(p.37) 5 Life in Foochow:
Public Success, Private Sorrow

Isidore Cyril Cannon

Hong Kong University Press

Brewitt-Taylor (B-T) taught in a dockyard school that was part of the Foochow Naval Dockyard. Tso Tsung-t'ang, someone who advocated change, advised the Europeans living in China to train Chinese “from all levels of society” in ship construction as technicians, officers, and engineers. The dockyard was found to be a product of the Self-Strengthening period of China. Within eleven years in Foochow, B-T was already able to settle in his family life and his career in teaching, and he even picked up a good knowledge of Chinese and had become recognized as a translator. However, things were not all good as his homelife was destroyed as, during this period, he lost his wife. This chapter looks into various aspects of Charles Henry's stay in Foochow.

Keywords:   Foochow, Tso Tsung-t'ang, Self-Strengthening period, dockyard, Foochow Naval Dockyard, teaching career, family life

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