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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 Chinese Educational Commission

The Chinese Educational Commission

(p.77) 6 The Chinese Educational Commission
Stepping Forth into the World

Edward J. M. Rhoads

Hong Kong University Press

The CEC or the Chinese Educational Commission was the Chinese Educational Mission's (CEM) American Headquarters. The CEC had multiple responsibilities like engaging in public relations by cultivating and entertaining the social and political elite of Hanford and Connecticut. They served as China's de facto diplomatic representative in the United States during the six years before a permanent legation was set up in Washington in 1878. Their main responsibility was to look after the CEM students. The nine-year existence of the CEC was troubled by a split in personnel and in orientation. On the one side were commissioners and instructors who were concerned that the students keep up with their Chinese studies and preserve the Chinese ways of doing things. On the other side were Associate Commissioner Yung Wing and others, who wanted the students to absorb as much Western knowledge and culture as they could, as quickly as possible.

Keywords:   Chinese Educational Commission, Hanford, Connecticut, China, diplomatic representative, United States, Yung Wing

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