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Living off the Land

Frederic Wakeman

in Spymaster

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234079
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928763 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234079.003.0002
Living off the Land

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This chapter provides background information on Dai Li's family and childhood. It explains that the Dai family of Jiangshan district was supposedly descended from Dai Sheng of the Western Han. His paternal great-grandfather Dai Qiming helped elevate the poor peasant family to higher status during the local struggles against Taiping rebels. From a very early age Dai Li was a troublemaker who was addicted to sex and gambling but he was also a natural leader. He organized hi school's Youth's Association and he graduated first in his class in 1913. This chapter also discusses Dai Li's friendship with Hu Zongnan.

Keywords: Dai Li; family; childhood; Dai Shen; Western Han; Jiangshan district; Dai Qiming; troublemaker; Hu Zongnan

Chapter.  4521 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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