Chapter

En Route to the New World

Edward J. M. Rhoads

in Stepping Forth into the World

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9789888028863
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207424 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028863.003.0005
En Route to the New World

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The Chinese Educational Mission (CEM) boys went to the United States in four annual cohorts. The first departed Shanghai on 12 August 1872; the second, on 12 June 1873; the third, on 20 September 1874; and the fourth, on 14 October 1875. Each cohort was escorted on its journey by a pair of Qing officials, one of whom knew English and served as the translator. The CEM boys travelled from Shanghai to San Francisco aboard wooden paddle-wheel steamers belonging to the Pacific Mail Steamship Company (an American company) and had stopovers in Japan. They travelled to the United States in comfort, with a dignity befitting diplomats and officials. They had a week-long train trip across the American continent. Aside from keeping up with their Chinese studies, each of the CEM boys were now obliged to deal with Westerners and the Western way of life directly and on their own terms.

Keywords: Chinese Educational Mission; United States; Shanghai; San Francisco; Japan; Pacific Mail Steamship Company; Westerners

Chapter.  4067 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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