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Stepping Forth into the WorldThe Chinese Educational Mission to the United States, 1872-81$
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Edward J. M. Rhoads

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028863

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028863.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Stepping Forth into the World

Edward J. M. Rhoads

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses the history of the Chinese Educational Mission (CEM) in the United States (1872–1881). It states that the CEM was a project of the late Qing government, in which 120 boys were sent to live and study in New England for an extended period of time. It explains that the mission was an early initiative of the Self-Strengthening Movement (1861–1895). It clarifies that the CEM was not the only study abroad program that China carried out during that time — but it was both the earliest and the largest one. However, during that time, these 120 students were not the only Chinese living there. By 1870, over 63,000 Chinese were living in the United States. The chapter notes that both the large concentration of Chinese on the west coast, the importation of Chinese strikebreakers to the east coast, and the study abroad program was generally regarded as politically and culturally suspicious.

Keywords:   Chinese Educational Mission, United States, Qing government, New England, Self-Strengthening Movement

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