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East Sails WestThe Voyage of the Keying, 1846-1855$
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Stephen Davies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208203

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.001.0001

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The Ship’s Name

The Ship’s Name

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(p.53) Chapter 2 The Ship’s Name
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East Sails West
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Stephen Davies

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.003.0003

The name of the junk might have brought out the differences in perception of the Chinese and the British, and laid the first seeds of dissension. Before becoming the Keying, the Junk could have had another name. No record showed that the British owners had considered the sensibilities of the Chinese crew when they renamed the junk. The name Keying also embodied the divide in fundamental ways in seeing things. The British saw Qiying as the symbol of improvement in post-First Opium War Sino-British relations, but the mandarin was much less popular with the Cantonese.

Keywords:   China, Hong Kong, Britain, Keying, Junk, Sino-British relations, Naval, First Opium War, Maritime

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