Unlikely Friends: Hu Shih and Chang Yuan-chi
DOI: 10.2753/CSH0009-4633310155
Title: Unlikely Friends: Hu Shih and Chang Yuan-chi
Journal Title: Chinese Studies in History
Volume: Volume 31
Issue: Issue 1
Publication Date: October 1997
Start Page: 55
End Page: 85
Published online: 8 Dec 2014
ISSN: 0009-4633
Author: Manying Ipa
Affiliations:
a Department of Asian Languages, University of Auckland
Abstract: The torrents of the New Culture Movement swept Chang Yuan-chi and Hu Shih together. On the face of it, the two men were far too different to become the close Friends that they eventually became. In 1917, when Hu Shih's famous article "Wen-hsueh kai-liang ch'u-i" (Tentative proposals for literary reform) was published in La Jeunesse, firing the opening salvo of the New Culture Movement, Chang Yuan-chi was already fifty years old and seriously considering retirement from the Commercial Press, which he was largely responsible for building into the foremost publishing house of Republican China.1

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