The Resource The phony reformer : greed, status, and patronage in late Qing China, a translation of Dieming (Anonymous) ; translated and with an introduction by Luke S.K. Kwong

The phony reformer : greed, status, and patronage in late Qing China, a translation of Dieming (Anonymous) ; translated and with an introduction by Luke S.K. Kwong

Label
The phony reformer : greed, status, and patronage in late Qing China
Title
The phony reformer
Title remainder
greed, status, and patronage in late Qing China
Statement of responsibility
a translation of Dieming (Anonymous) ; translated and with an introduction by Luke S.K. Kwong
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Contributor
Translator
Writer of introduction
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • chi
  • eng
Summary
"This engaging translation presents an authentic period document that reflects aspects of Chinese life and society as seen through contemporary eyes. Portraying a 'phony' reformer who rode the tide of the Qing court's post-Boxer reform initiatives to career success and personal wealth, this satire conveys the author's hope for a new, improved China, one that could stand proudly alongside Western nations and Meiji Japan in the modern world. His vivid descriptions of various situations shed light on late Qing elite behavior and Chinese foreign relations capture the clash between tradition and modernity, the old and new, as educated Chinese stood at a cultural and political crossroads"--
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LBSOR/DLC
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Xin dang sheng guan fa cai ji
Dewey number
895.13/48
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
PL 2699 .X56 2018
Literary form
novels
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Kwong, Luke S. K.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
China
Label
The phony reformer : greed, status, and patronage in late Qing China, a translation of Dieming (Anonymous) ; translated and with an introduction by Luke S.K. Kwong
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Translated from the Chinese
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An anti-missionary case funnels public funds into private pockets; Old-school folks break down prejudices to go after new measures -- Promotions up official ranks and making riches are words of sound advice; Patronage and gift-giving are shortcuts to success for which people scramble -- The job of machine procurement comes as a reward for the cash contribution; In the name of civilization is the effort made to join the Natural Feet Society -- Mockery is what motivates the effort to study the English primer; The social circle broadens to lead to making friends with Wilkes -- The hunt for the Wealth Voucher rebels leads to a good friend's death; The investigation into local mining rights gives rise to covetous thought -- Mining shares are peddled on Fuzhou Road to attract investors; A company is set up in Guangxin pref'ecture to produce camphor -- New rules are drafted to forestall school educations harmful effects; Preemptive action is the key to success in handling foreign relations -- An old friend's cooperation helps resolve a Sino-foreign dispute; A police surcharge is enforced in the name of policy innovation -- An old flame cannot reignite as the nestled bird is scared away; The heartache lingers as the male fox sets out to look for a mate -- A superior's favor incurs add-on duties at the correctional center; In search of marital bliss, a letter is sent with a marriage proposal -- The dress-up embrace of Great Universality dazzles every eye; Vengeance over a private feud goes public in the newspapers -- Harsh words in heated argument cause affection and fortune to vanish; Endurance through hardship yields fruits of fame and riches in the end -- Commendation for the intendant status fulfills a long-standing career desire; Supervision of school affairs calls for implementation of authoritarian rules -- Deft skills in making money are applied to maximize mining profits; Army duties become a concurrent job when no other deputy is found -- Grandees play favorites with those who beseech their patronage; Colleagues throw a banquet to celebrate his transfer and promotion -- Once the mask is stripped away, the tracks of the past are fully revealed; In a lyrical poem, warm-hearted but trite, the point of the tale is unveiled
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 156 pages, 11 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781538112397
Lccn
2018003735
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1014094801
  • (OCoLC)on1014094801
Label
The phony reformer : greed, status, and patronage in late Qing China, a translation of Dieming (Anonymous) ; translated and with an introduction by Luke S.K. Kwong
Publication
Note
Translated from the Chinese
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An anti-missionary case funnels public funds into private pockets; Old-school folks break down prejudices to go after new measures -- Promotions up official ranks and making riches are words of sound advice; Patronage and gift-giving are shortcuts to success for which people scramble -- The job of machine procurement comes as a reward for the cash contribution; In the name of civilization is the effort made to join the Natural Feet Society -- Mockery is what motivates the effort to study the English primer; The social circle broadens to lead to making friends with Wilkes -- The hunt for the Wealth Voucher rebels leads to a good friend's death; The investigation into local mining rights gives rise to covetous thought -- Mining shares are peddled on Fuzhou Road to attract investors; A company is set up in Guangxin pref'ecture to produce camphor -- New rules are drafted to forestall school educations harmful effects; Preemptive action is the key to success in handling foreign relations -- An old friend's cooperation helps resolve a Sino-foreign dispute; A police surcharge is enforced in the name of policy innovation -- An old flame cannot reignite as the nestled bird is scared away; The heartache lingers as the male fox sets out to look for a mate -- A superior's favor incurs add-on duties at the correctional center; In search of marital bliss, a letter is sent with a marriage proposal -- The dress-up embrace of Great Universality dazzles every eye; Vengeance over a private feud goes public in the newspapers -- Harsh words in heated argument cause affection and fortune to vanish; Endurance through hardship yields fruits of fame and riches in the end -- Commendation for the intendant status fulfills a long-standing career desire; Supervision of school affairs calls for implementation of authoritarian rules -- Deft skills in making money are applied to maximize mining profits; Army duties become a concurrent job when no other deputy is found -- Grandees play favorites with those who beseech their patronage; Colleagues throw a banquet to celebrate his transfer and promotion -- Once the mask is stripped away, the tracks of the past are fully revealed; In a lyrical poem, warm-hearted but trite, the point of the tale is unveiled
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 156 pages, 11 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781538112397
Lccn
2018003735
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1014094801
  • (OCoLC)on1014094801

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