Journeys: Boys of the Chinese Educational Mission

In-person workshop at the Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT.

Saturday, January 28, 2023, 10am-noon; participants are encouraged to arrive by 9:30 to tour the exhibition in advance.

Join the Five College Center for East Asian Studies at the Connecticut Historical Society as we learn about the Chinese Educational Mission through their exhibition Journeys: Boys of the Chinese Educational Mission. This exhibition honors the 150th anniversary of the Chinese Educational Mission (CEM), a cultural and educational exchange program from 1872 – 1881. Headquartered in Hartford, the CEM enabled 120 Chinese boys, most of whom were barely teenagers, to study in New England with the goal of modernizing China by educating its future leaders abroad. It is a story of hopes, dreams, sacrifice, and the life-changing experience of international exchange.

Participants will receive a copy of Stepping Forth into the World: The Chinese Educational Mission to the United States, 1872-81, by Edward J. M. Rhoads. Participants who do not have a copy of the 2017 Freeman Book Award Winner The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, by Dori Jones Yang, will receive that book as well. Participants are strongly encouraged to arrive by 9:30am to tour the exhibition in advance of the presentations by Museum staff.

A maximum of 20 teachers may register for this program. 

Apply here.