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The Man and His World

Isidore Cyril Cannon

in Public Success, Private Sorrow

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099616
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207301 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.003.0018
The Man and His World

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Looking into how Brewitt-Taylor (B-T) rose from a poor family suggests that the class structure during that era was rigid, and that social mobility was enabled through education. He was able to change his social status after he attended the Royal Hospital School. B-T's sense of social marginality enabled him to appreciate China's contrasting culture. His humble beginnings may have allowed him to foster persistence, dedication, and conscientiousness. Social marginality may have furthered his interest in Chinese minority appeal. Other characteristics such as his ability to withdraw and his concentration allowed him to cope with his second wife's mental illness. Because he had to tend to such needs, he was also frugal and careful with money. This final chapter summarizes B-T's personality and characteristics.

Keywords: class structure; social mobility; education; social marginality; characteristics; Chinese minority

Chapter.  6315 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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