A Cantonese schoolboy
Guangzhou, Guangdong 1869 - 1870
© The Wellcome Library, London
Although Thomson often quibbled about the old system of education in China, he was greatly impressed by the diligence and aptitude of Chinese schoolboys and their capacity in acquiring knowledge. He also noted, in different parts of the country there were attempts to modernize the education system, and some schools had adopted western learning. This boy is wearing a queue (plaited hair) and holding a board and a book in his hands. He looks straight ahead rigorously, as if he is looking into the future.
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