The Confucian Comes Home (1921–1937)

Shiona Airlie

in Thistle and Bamboo

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028924
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207615 | DOI:
The Confucian Comes Home (1921–1937)

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After so many years working in China, James Stewart Lockhart and his wife were in no mood to settle down immediately to life back in the UK. From the time he left Weihaiwei until he settled in his London home, Stewart Lockhart had not ignored Chinese matters entirely. Between 1924 and 1926, life took on a very leisurely pace for Stewart Lockhart. In 1927, Stewart Lockhart once more began to involve himself fully in the field of Chinese scholarship. His standing in the field of Chinese scholarship ensured that he continued to be asked to represent various bodies, despite his failing health. He died at their home in London on 26 February 1937. The Confucian principles he adopted throughout his life in China changed a sharp Scottish thistle into the pliant bamboo, bending to fortune, but he was always true to himself. It was a unique combination which influenced another generation of British administrators in China. In initiating a new style of administration in China, Stewart Lockhart proved that the British Empire could care for the people in its charge without destroying their racial identity in the process.

Keywords: James Stewart Lockhart; China; British Empire; Weihaiwei; Confucian principles; Scottish thistle; pliant bamboo

Chapter.  4016 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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