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General without an Army

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/9780813126166.003.0005
General without an Army

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When Lea returned to California after a year of absence, most of his American friends and acquaintances dismissed his claims of generalship and Asian adventure as the ravings of an excessive, overdeveloped, and fertile imagination. He returned to the U.S in order to come up with some ideas for changes in Pao Huang Hui policies thus eliminating the need for diplomatic work in organizing reform in the army toward China. His return was sensationalized, as articles and interviews provided a lot of information about his life. This public exposure made him re-elevate his position within the California reform movement, and his status within the Pao Huang Hui. During his stay, Lea wasted no time in persuading some of his old friends to join the reform army. As a result, Lea gained valuable civic and military contacts by handling much of Liang Ch'i-ch'ao's public relations in Los Angeles.

Keywords: California; reform army; Pao Huang Hui; civic; Liang Ch'i-ch'ao'; Los Angeles

Chapter.  7658 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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