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A Don Quixote in China

Jeff Mielke

in Homer Lea

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126166
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135632 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126166.003.0004
A Don Quixote in China

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Once in China Lea aimed to play a significant role in the upcoming Huang Hui uprising. Homer's hope for the success of the uprising gave him the hope that the reformed imperial Chinese army would give him a higher position. Even though his hopes for China's glory failed to materialize in the way he expected, he impetuously embarked on another path of opportunity. He made trips to Hawaii, the Philippines, Japan, and China before reaching Hongkong wherein he met many different people. Moreover, Lea found it unreasonable to stay longer in China as he knew he had to get out of the country. Although his exploits can be paralleled with Don Quixote–, he still believed that destiny guided him as he continued pursuing his dream of command and conquest.

Keywords: Asia; Huang Hui; Hawaii; Philippines; Japan; Hongkong; uprising

Chapter.  5175 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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