K'ang Yu-wei

K'ang Yu-wei

(käng yo͞o-wā), 1858–1927, Chinese philosopher and reform movement leader. He was a leading philosopher of the new text school of Confucianism, which regarded Confucius as a utopian political reformer. K'ang first gained fame in 1895 when he sent a memorial to the emperor unsuccessfully urging continuation of the war with Japan, rejection of the Treaty of Shimonoseki, and adoption of extensive administrative reforms. That same year with Liang Ch'i-ch'aoLiang Ch'i-ch'ao
, 1873–1929, Chinese reform leader. Liang was a disciple of K'ang Yu-wei. Stunned by China's disastrous defeat by Japan (see Sino-Japanese War, First), K'ang and Liang launched (1895) a movement for constitutional and educational reform.
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 he founded a reform newspaper and a reform organization, but both were quickly suppressed (1896). Enthusiasm for his ideas spread, however, and several provincial reform associations were founded (1896–97). Again confronted with foreign pressure for concessions, Emperor Kuang-hsuKuang-hsu
or Kwang-hsü
, 1871–1908, emperor of China (1875–1908). Although he was not in the direct line of succession, he was appointed to the throne by his aunt, the dowager empress and regent, Tz'u Hsi. He began his rule in 1889.
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 (1898) summoned K'ang to Beijing and asked him to draw up reform plans. In a series of decrees known as the "hundred days' reform," the emperor changed the civil service examination system to include essays on current affairs, established Beijing Univ. as well as western-style provincial schools, abolished many sinecure posts, and revised administrative regulations. Backed by conservative officials, Dowager Empress Tz'u HsiTz'u Hsi,
 Tsu Hsi,
 Tse Hsi,
or Cixi
, 1834–1908, dowager empress of China (1861–1908) and regent (1861–73, 1874–89, 1898–1908).
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 imprisoned the emperor and rescinded most of the reforms. K'ang fled to Japan and spent the years before the 1911 revolution working for constitutional monarchy. He and Liang were bitterly opposed to the T'ung-meng-hui, an anti-Manchu revolutionary party founded in 1905 under the leadership of Sun Yat-senSun Yat-sen
, Mandarin Sun Wen, 1866–1925, Chinese revolutionary. He was born near Guangzhou into a farm-owning family. He attended (1879–82) an Anglican boys school in Honolulu, where he came under Western influence, particularly that of Christianity.
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. After the revolution, K'ang remained in opposition to the republican government, participating (1917) in an unsuccessful attempt to restore the last Ch'ing emperor, Pu YiPu Yi
or Henry Pu-yi,
Manchu Aisin Gioro, 1906–67, last emperor (1908–12) of China, under the reign name Hsuan T'ung. After his abdication, the new republican government granted him a large government pension and permitted him to live in the
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Bibliography

See M. E. Cameron, The Reform Movement in China, 1898–1912 (1931, repr. 1963); biography ed. and tr. by Lo Jung-pang (1967).

References in periodicals archive ?
Thompson, Ta t'ung shu: The One-World Philosophy of K'ang Yu-wei, (London: George Allen & Unwin, 2007).
See Kang, Datongshu, 18; Thompson, Ta t'ung shu: The One-World Philosophy of K'ang Yu-wei ,37-57.
In addition, non-Western utopian scholarship and philosophy are represented in references to the works of Confucius, K'ang Yu-Wei, Hara Prasad Shastri, Mohandas K.
Week 4 (February 13-17): K'ang Yu-wei, The One-World Philosophy of K'ang Yu-Wei, Parts 1 and 2, plus one of the later chapters of your choice (on racism, sexism, etc.
Paradise Lost picks up the theme of interpreting and "justifying" a sacred text begun in K'ang Yu-wei, thinking about Milton's new version of Genesis and the idea of an epic poetry that celebrates the world as it is.
K'ang Yu-wei and Liang Ch'i-ch'ao were two reformists who established a model of dissent that would be followed by later generations of Chinese journalists on the mainland and Taiwan.
Here the author traces the careers and role of men such as Lim Boon Keng and Song Ong Siang, and among the Chinese exiles, K'ang Yu-wei and Sun Yat-sen.