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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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The American Host Families

The American Host Families

(p.49) 5 The American Host Families
Stepping Forth into the World

Edward J. M. Rhoads

Hong Kong University Press

Within a day or two of each detachment's arrival in Springfield, the Chinese Educational Mission (CEM) boys were assigned to specific host families in New England. Thirty seven families initially took into their homes eighty-five CEM boys. The twenty-one host families who were married couples were generally well educated. The other sixteen of the thirty-seven CEM host families were single females — widows, young and not married, and spinsters. Generally, the American host families were prosperous; they seem to have been solidly middle class. Nearly all of the CEM host families were members of the Congregational Church. They were given a set of instructions in English detailing their responsibilities toward the pupils in their charge. They were compensated for housing, feeding, looking after, and instructing the students. As the CEM boys achieved certain fluency in speaking and reading English, they commenced their formal studies.

Keywords:   Springfield, Chinese Educational Mission, New England, Congregational Church, host families, English

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