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Politics, Poetics, and Gender in Late Qing ChinaXue Shaohui (1866-1911) and the Era of Reform$
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Nanxiu Qian

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804792400

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804792400.001.0001

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The Chen Brothers and the Fuzhou Navy Yard Culture

The Chen Brothers and the Fuzhou Navy Yard Culture

(p.59) Two The Chen Brothers and the Fuzhou Navy Yard Culture
Politics, Poetics, and Gender in Late Qing China

Nanxiu Qian

Stanford University Press

This chapter first examines the structure of the Fuzhou Navy Yard and its affiliated Academy that combined Chinese with Western educations, including English- and French-language instruction in science, engineering, and naval warfare. It then showcases the transformation of late Qing scholars by following the Chen brothers’ personal journey from the Fuzhou Naval Academy to their scholarly and diplomatic careers in Europe. From the perspectives of the Chen brothers, in particular Chen Jitong because of his remarkable role in late Qing diplomatic, political, and cultural life, this chapter looks into the constituents of the Fuzhou Navy Yard culture, focusing on those that would have crucial influence on its future “marriage” to the Min writing-women culture. This culture features literature as its basis, women its indispensable exponents, the press its mechanism for spreading cultural values, and democracy its core value.

Keywords:   Fuzhou Navy Yard culture, Chen Shoupeng, Chen Jitong, democracy (minzhu), Constitutional Laws

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