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At the Crossroads of EmpiresMiddlemen, Social Networks, and State-Building in Republican Shanghai$
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Nara Dillon and Jean C. Oi

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756198

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756198.001.0001

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Huang Yanpei and the Chinese Society of Vocational Education in Shanghai Networking

Huang Yanpei and the Chinese Society of Vocational Education in Shanghai Networking

(p.25) Chapter 2 Huang Yanpei and the Chinese Society of Vocational Education in Shanghai Networking
At the Crossroads of Empires

Wen-Hsin Yeh

Stanford University Press

This chapter explores the emergence of a new mercantile elite and culture that began in the second half of the nineteenth century, and also describes how new and old styles of networking were not mutually exclusive. Shanghai networking is the outcome of three-way interactions among the state, the society, and the economy. The chapter then turns attention to figures such as Huang Yanpei, who crossed the boundaries between culture and business. His political activism helped create a whole new conception of education, as well as the institutional infrastructure to make it happen, and he was also the principal promoter of the idea of vocational education. Yanpei succeeded in turning the Chinese Society of Vocational Education (CSVE) into an expanding club for social activism of no less visibility than the YMCA. In general, networking in Shanghai attained a new level of complexity and sophistication with Yanpei and CSVE.

Keywords:   Huang Yanpei, CSVE, Shanghai networking, political activism, institutional infrastructure, social activism

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