Nationalist China: The Departed Traveler

While serving as China's wartime Ambassador to the U.S. (1938-1942), Scholar-Philosopher, Dr. Hu Shih received $60,000 from his hard-pressed government to use for propaganda. He returned the money with the remark: "My speeches are sufficient propaganda and do not cost you anything."

Independence of mind and forthright expression marked the course of his life. Born in Shanghai, his father was a geographer, his mother an illiterate peasant (who chose his wife for him when he was eleven). Hu Shih was an intellectual prodigy, won a Boxer Indemnity scholarship to Cornell (where he...

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