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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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Preparatory Training

Preparatory Training

(p.31) 3 Preparatory Training
Stepping Forth into the World

Edward J. M. Rhoads

Hong Kong University Press

In December 1871, a school was established in Shanghai to screen the candidates for the Chinese Educational Mission (CEM) and prepare them for their studies abroad. For many of the CEM boys who came from rural communities, Shanghai gave them their first exposure to large numbers of foreigners and their way of life. Only a few of the students — fewer than ten — had attended any sort of Western school or been exposed to Western learning. At the preparatory school, the boys divided their time between studying Chinese and English. Nearly all the CEM students began their study of English from scratch. The total time the students spent at the preparatory school varied from a few months to a year or more. The boys had been made to devote as much attention to studying Chinese texts as to learning about the West. Prior to their departure, these boys had not been very well prepared.

Keywords:   Chinese Educational Mission, Shanghai, Western school, Chinese texts, English

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