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A Survey of James Legge’s Activities in China (1843-1873)

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DOI: 10.25236/edssr.2020.046


Ping Zhang, Chunrong Wang

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Ping Zhang


From 1843 to 1873, James Legge spent the best 30 years in his life in Hong Kong. He made various contributions to the education, newspaper industry, smoking cessation, anti-gambling, disaster relief and other public welfare undertakings in Hong Kong. James Legge spent more than 50 years building a bridge between China and the West. His life was from a missionary to a sinologist. His activities began with preaching Christianity to the East, but he was prominent in spreading Chinese culture to the West. Although it has been more than 100 years, James Legge’s translation is still regarded as the standard translation of Chinese classics. He ended the amateur level research of Chinese literature by Western scholars and embarked on the road of specialization.


James legge, Missionary activities, Educational activities, Translation activities