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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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Recall and Return

Recall and Return

(p.167) 10 Recall and Return
Stepping Forth into the World

Edward J. M. Rhoads

Hong Kong University Press

In the summer of 1881, the Chinese Educational Mission (CEM) came to an end when all the students were ordered back to China, abruptly. The CEM was criticized on two points. First, many converted to Christianity. Second, Chinese Educational Commission (CEC) officials had been extraordinarily lax in controlling the students. Last was the surge in anti-Chinese sentiment in the United States. Led by labor organizations and the Democratic Party, the agitation targeted Chinese contract laborers. The CEM students were shielded to a great extent from the anti-Chinese movement by their American host families, teachers, and friends who were dominantly Republican in politics. However, the CEM students were not immune from the upsurge of the anti-Chinese prejudice. The students themselves were greatly disappointed to have their studies in America interrupted in mid-course and to be ordered home to China. Yet, they all obeyed the decree. The students were well treated during their return journey just as they had travelled before, first-class.

Keywords:   Chinese Educational Mission, China, labor organizations, Democratic Party, anti-Chinese prejudice, Chinese contract laborers, host families

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