Tse Tsan Tai (1872–1938)
An Australian-Cantonese Opinion Maker in British Hong Kong
Author(s): Dong Wang

Examining the life of an Australian-Cantonese insurrectionist and patriot, this book explores a composite identity and democratic ideals which were shaped through diaspora, religion, colonialism, civil society, science, and revolutions in Qing and Nationalist China.

Collection: Asian Studies
ISBN 9781915271853
 Publication Date
  Pages 290





Who was Tse Tsan Tai? Insurrectionist? Socialite? Patriot? Revolutionary?

Born and raised in Australia and trained in Anglo-Hong Kong’s civil service, Tse Tsan Tai (1872–1938) was all of these and more. A first native media man and anti-Qing patriot, he advocated independent thinking and a free China. Through the lens of his life, this book explores a composite identity, touching on themes of diaspora, religion, colonialism, civil society, science, and revolutions in Qing and Nationalist China.

Ideal reading for students of Asian Studies, East Asian Studies, Diaspora Studies, Chinese and Hong Kong History, international Relations, Indo-Pacific Studies, Colonial Studies, Cultural History, Sociology, and related courses, this fascinating course reading uses biography to ask the question: what were the original ideals for republicanism in China?

Learning Objectives and Discussion Topics
1: “A Native of Sydney”
2: 1911 Revolution: A Christianized Democratic China?
3: “The World’s Great Problem Solved”
4: Where Business, Culture and Politics Converged
5: Conclusion: Chinas and The Curse?

Dong Wang PhD is a historian of China, U.S.-Chinese relations, geopolitics, and geoculture. She is visiting fellow at Freie Universität in Berlin, research associate at the Harvard Fairbank Center (since 2002), a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Her books in English include The United States and China (2021, 2nd rev. ed. of 2013), Longmen’s Stone Buddhas and Cultural Heritage (2020), Managing God’s Higher Learning (2007), and China’s Unequal Treaties (2005).

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