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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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A Marriage between the Two Cultures

A Marriage between the Two Cultures

(p.87) Three A Marriage between the Two Cultures
Politics, Poetics, and Gender in Late Qing China

Nanxiu Qian

Stanford University Press

This chapter explores the mutual transformation of the Min writing-women and Fuzhou Navy Yard cultures, focusing on the union of the Fuzhou girl prodigy Xue Shaohui and the Fuzhou Naval Academy graduate Chen Shoupeng. Shoupeng’s experiences abroad introduced Xue to a much broader spectrum of knowledge than what she had acquired from her Min writing-women upbringing, but repeated foreign invasions at Xue’s doorstep soon tarnished the alluring luster of Western cultures. Chen Jitong’s private life also reveals the complexity of this bicultural “marriage.” Such mixed exposure to the outside world led Xue and some of her fellow Min writing women to a lifelong journey of negotiating between the cultural values of China and the West, enabling them to cultivate their unique visions in their future reform career.

Keywords:   Shen Queying, Lin Xu, Xiao Daoguan, Chen Yan, foreign invasions, Sino-French War, Sino-Japanese War, social Darwinism, Eight Joint Forces

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