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Qian Mu

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Qian Mu (1895-1990), also known as Ch’ien Mu, is considered one of the greatest historians and philosophers of twentieth century China. In 1949, with support from the Yale-China Association and a group of colleagues, he founded the New Asia College, which later became part of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Qian wrote extensively on Chinese classics, history, and Confucian philosophy. Unlike many Chinese intellectuals influenced by the New Culture Movement, Qian Mu insisted on the importance of traditional Chinese cultural values. By the time of his death in 1990, his objections to the rejection of the Confucian tradition had gained wider credence, partly through the influence of Yu Ying-shih, his student at New Asia College. From the 1930s onwards, Qian’s critics have targeted his defense of the traditional Chinese political system—a monarchy with a meritocratic civil service—as a model form of government.