Journal article

The Datong Schools and Late Qing Sino-Japanese Cooperation

Craig A Smith

Twentieth-Century China | Project Muse | Published : 2017


The Chinese reformers who fled their country following the 1898 reforms turned to a number of new transnational strategies of education and propaganda once they arrived in Japan. This article analyzes the Datong Schools, a system of institutions created by Chinese reformers as the first step in a planned international network for education, and shows that early Asianist cooperation among the educated elites of China and Japan played an important role in this segment of China’s modernization just a few years after the First Sino-Japanese War. In a time of intense competition, these elites engaged in cooperation for nationalist, regionalist, religious, and strategic reasons, exerting within a ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Research for this article was supported by generous funding from the Japan Foundation and the Asiatic Research Institute of Korea University. An earlier version was presented at the 11th Annual International Junior Scholars Conference on Sinology, "Out of Bounds: Sinophone Perspectives on Chinese Cultural History," at National Chung Cheng University in Chiayi, Taiwan, May 2012. I thank the conference organizers, the participants, and discussant Chen Chun-chi for valuable comments and suggestions. My thanks also go to staff at the Kobe Overseas Chinese History Museum, the Yokohama Archives of History, and the Yamamoto Ken Archive at the Kochi Liberty and People's Museum.