Kang Youwei

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  • The Hundred Days Analysis

    Cameron writes, “These evidences of reform, few as they were, seemed sufficient to convince many Chinese and Westerners that China was on the way to renewed vitality.” The defeat subsequently highlighted the failure of these piecemeal reforms to adequately protect China. An urgent response was needed, not only to help China recover from ruin, but to prevent further dismemberment of her sovereignty. China had just forefeited Korea and Japan and foreign nations were also attempting to carve out their own concessions and trade centres in China. France was requesting a 99-year lease of Guangzhouwan, Britain successfully obtained leases for Kowloon while Russia also demanded a 25-year lease of the Liaotong Peninsula as well as railway rights. Kang Youwei later wrote of the Emperor, “He saw his country about to sink into the earth…about to burst like an egg, about to be divided up.” Cameron argues that at this time, not just the emperor, but many Chinese believed the country was being broken up by foreign powers. In response to this, the reformers proposed extensive military reforms including new western training methods, establishment of the eight banner corps, and an increase in naval forces. Similarly, economic and financial reforms - such as the proposal to adjust tax and military expenditure - were designed to respond quickly in case of war and ensure sufficient funding. It’s clear therefore that there was a definite focus on readying China’s military and economic…

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  • Gender Roles In The Qing Dynasty

    however, was not for their efforts in childrearing nor was it the independence some attained by undermining societal expectations. Women during this period are often characterized by how the West perceived them for the practice of foot binding, oppressed and a representation of how uncivilized the Chinese empire was. Foot binding itself is a practice that was practiced among the elites in Qing society. According to Dorothy Ko, unlike how the West perceived the act, it was considered was a…

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  • Comparing Kang Youwei And Western Civilization

    Under the hegemonic power of western civilization, Chinese scholar Kang Youwei appropriated social Darwinism into a theory about evolution based on Confucian thought. Kang Youwei’s appropriation on evolutionism is connected to a specific discourse associated with French philosopher Michel de Certeau’s idea of “secondary production”…

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  • Liang Qichao's Observation On A Trip To America

    Liang Qichao was born in 1873 and lived until 1929. During this time he was a young colleague and follower of Kang Youwei (1858-1927) during the failed “100 Days Reform” of 1898. During this time he visited America and wrote about his observations and experiences in a book titled Observation on a Trip to America. The majority of his experiences happened in New York City where he discussed the things he was amazed about and found admirable about America as well as the issues and experiences he…

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  • Mountain Apolaia Analysis

    Isolated from civilization, hundreds of kilometers away from the closest city, surrounded by land and more land, is the location of Mountain Apolaia. Covered mostly, in freezing ice for most of the year, and the target of a weather capable of frightening even the bravest of men, skiers know it as the mountain with the toughest slopes on the planet. The slopes are divided in two sections, the slopes of submission and pride slopes. Although both extremely difficult, most men, with the least sense…

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  • Four Modernization Analysis

    Within 50 years, from 1949 to the end of the 20th century, the People 's Republic of China has gone from a poor, isolated, under-developed, overpopulated country to one of the biggest economies and most powerful countries in the world. That 50-year journey was long, difficult and different at various periods for the people of China. To elaborate, contradicted to the fact that the Communist Party of China has been the one dominant political regime, China has witnessed many changes within the…

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  • Personal Narrative: The Beauty Of The Sawtooth Mountains

    I have done plenty of challenging things in my life, but a few of those things were harder than others. Like a thirty mile hike. Right now you probably think I’m crazy for hiking up mountains for thirty miles! But I will never forget the experience of the beauty of the Sawtooth mountains and spending time with my grandpa. Also, I will never forget the massiveness of the three ridges we had to climb up. That was definitely not my favorite part of the hike. The hike started out at a lake called…

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  • Little Chinese Seamstress Characters

    The purpose of most novels are to convey a message to the reader, to me the novel “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” was very successful at this. I don’t know the name of the main character but I assume it’s the author as it refers to himself by the use of “me”, “my” and “I”. I felt that the strong connection between the two main characters, Luo and the author was extremely significant. Their friendship displayed the strongest loyalty where they would sacrifice their lives for each…

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  • Into Thin Air: The Importance Of Self-Preservation

    In the book 'Into Thin Air', by Jon Krakauer, Krakauer tells his tale of climbing the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. He was given this opportunity by Outside Magazine which he worked for. At first he was just supposed to write an article about the commercialism on the massive mountain. He later decides he actually wants to climb it. Little did Krakauer know he was about to take on the most disastrous trip up Everest ever. There was a large amount of money that needed to be paid to…

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  • Ai Weiwei Without Fear Analysis

    "Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favor." My artistic talent, in comparison to past classmates and relatives, has always been overshadowed so subsequently I had little desire to develop whatever talents I did possess. Notwithstanding, I’ve always wanted to be able to sculpt, paint, and draw with the same ease and beauty those past friends and teachers had shown. Moreover, I’ve always enjoyed museums and art galleries or anything that enhances my overall knowledge in various cultures and their…

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