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Confucianism, Colonialism, and the Cold War: Chinese Cultural Education at Hong Kong’s New Asia College, 1949–1963 by Grace Ai-ling Chou (review)

Confucianism, Colonialism, and the Cold War: Chinese Cultural Education at Hong Kong’s New Asia... Reviews 477 Grace Ai-ling Chou. Confucianism, Colonialism, and the Cold War: Chinese Cultural Education at Hong Kong's New Asia College, 1949­1963. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012. x, 253 pp. Hardcover $144.00, isbn 978-90-04-18247-9. This is a significant and readable book. The author is to be congratulated for choosing an important and hitherto unexplored topic, for her impressive multiarchival research, and for making a signal contribution to the various fields of study indicated in the title of this valuable monograph. The main theme of the book is the early history of Hong Kong's New Asia College, from its founding by self-exiled Confucian scholars from mainland China in 1949 as a private college to 1963, when it became one of the foundation colleges of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a state school of the colonial government. The author skillfully narrates and reveals the interplay of the motives, strategies, values, interests, and practices of the main actors in this drama: the founders of the New Asia College, the representatives of American philanthropy (the YaleChina Association, the Harvard-Yenching Institute, the Asia Foundation, and the Ford Foundation) that supported the fledgling institution, and the British colonial administrators who tried to make the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Confucianism, Colonialism, and the Cold War: Chinese Cultural Education at Hong Kong’s New Asia College, 1949–1963 by Grace Ai-ling Chou (review)

China Review International , Volume 18 (4) – Jan 30, 2011

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Reviews 477 Grace Ai-ling Chou. Confucianism, Colonialism, and the Cold War: Chinese Cultural Education at Hong Kong's New Asia College, 1949­1963. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012. x, 253 pp. Hardcover $144.00, isbn 978-90-04-18247-9. This is a significant and readable book. The author is to be congratulated for choosing an important and hitherto unexplored topic, for her impressive multiarchival research, and for making a signal contribution to the various fields of study indicated in the title of this valuable monograph. The main theme of the book is the early history of Hong Kong's New Asia College, from its founding by self-exiled Confucian scholars from mainland China in 1949 as a private college to 1963, when it became one of the foundation colleges of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a state school of the colonial government. The author skillfully narrates and reveals the interplay of the motives, strategies, values, interests, and practices of the main actors in this drama: the founders of the New Asia College, the representatives of American philanthropy (the YaleChina Association, the Harvard-Yenching Institute, the Asia Foundation, and the Ford Foundation) that supported the fledgling institution, and the British colonial administrators who tried to make the

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Published: Jan 30, 2011

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