James Cheong as a teacher at Queen's High School, Hong Kong, 1899-1900

Queen's High School, Hong Kong. c. 1899

During his time in Hong Kong, Cheong discussed his intention of entering the Chinese political arena where he would have supported the introduction of democratic procedures to Chinese government. Two Chinese members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council warned him of how unfavourable the current climate in Peking was to any such movement. The outbreak of the Boxer Rebellion while he was still teaching proved to him the wisdom of their advice, and he wrote of his frustrated hopes to his parents.

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