Fortunate Sons

Fortunate Sons

The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized An Ancient Civilization

Book - 2011
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In 1872, China--ravaged by poverty, population growth, and aggressive European armies--sent 120 boys to America to learn the secrets of Western innovation. They studied at New England's finest schools and were driven by a desire for progress and reform. When anti-Chinese fervor forced them back home, the young men had to overcome a suspicious imperial court and a country deeply resistant to change in technology and culture. Fortunate Sons tells a remarkable story, weaving together the dramas of personal lives with the fascinating tale of a nation's endeavor to become a world power.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393070040
Branch Call Number: 951.035 LEI 2011 22
Characteristics: 319 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Miller, Matthew I.


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Jul 21, 2015

Interesting account of Chinese history in the late 1800's, as they fell behind the industrialized nations. There was an organized attempt to send the best and brightest (boys, of course) to America for an education that they could bring back to China. The deep religious and political strongholds of the Orient proved to be the critical obstacle in industrial advancement.

I am not a history buff, but you can teach me something if you tell it right. This book reads pretty easily, and personalizes the stories of the young boys who land in New England.
I admit, I found it difficult to keep all of the similar Chinese names straight.

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