Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization (Paperback)
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Short Description for Fortunate Sons At the twilight of the 19th century, China sent a detachment of 120 boys to America in order to learn the ways of the West. Their lives in America influenced not only their thinking but also their nation's endeavor to become a contemporary world power.
- Published: 22 August 2012
- Format: Paperback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780393342307 ISBN 10: 0393342301
- Sales rank: 1,392,479
Full description for Fortunate Sons
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.