Ying Wa boys in early colonial Hong Kong

Man Kong Wong*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Previous studies of the Ying Wa College (英華書院) in early Hong Kong overlooked the role of the students. The scarcity of relevant sources could well justify such an oversight. This article aims at filling this gap through the careful use of London Missionary Society (LMS) materials. Not only does it aim to highlight significant aspects of the college, its unique history, its English education and its practice of Christian faith, it also discusses the careers of some graduates in Hong Kong, China and the world. This article argues that these Ying Wa boys formed a bridge that connected the Western and Chinese worlds. Their impact was felt through the spread of Christianity and global China business, on the one hand, and as a connection between the people and the government in colonial Hong Kong, Qing China and overseas Chinese communities in Singapore and Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-349
Number of pages15
JournalBulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese students
  • Christian missions in China
  • Early colonial Hong Kong
  • James Legge
  • Ying Wa College (Anglo-Chinese College)


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