Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ku Hung Ming aka Koh Hong Beng, death 20 May 1928, Peking

Ku Hung Mng Dead. China's Most Noted Newspaperman. Peking, May 20. Ku Hung-ming, China's most famous "newspaperman," has died here at the age of 72. Mr. Ku spoke and wrote several languages, and excelled in the use of idiomatic English. He was a great admirer of Japan and spent most of his later life in tat country, but came back to Peking to die. He contended that Japan was carrying on the old Chinese culture better than  modern China was doing. Born in the Straits Settlements, Mr. Ku was one of the first Chinese students to study in England. He first saw his native land in 1883, and at that time knew little of the Chinese language or literature. But he later became a scholar in Chinese. [The Straits Times, 2 June 1928, Page 9]

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