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Peking is a city of beautiful architecture


Annual Report of the Board of Trustees

for 1923

Home Office

18 East 41st Street

New York City


"There have been many great crises in history, but
none comparable to the drama that is new being enacted
in the Far East, and upon the outcome of which depends the
welfare, not only of a country or of a section of the race,
but of mankind." — The late Paul S. Reinsch, foriyier Ameri-
can Ambassador to China.

"China trusts the United States, because the American
flag has never floated over anything in China more worldly
than a schoolhouse or a hospital." — Dr. Wellington Koo,
former Chinese Ambassador to the United States.

Whatever happens to China happens to the whole of
Asia. If the Chinese Republic can be brought into the main
stream of modern progress — ^economic, social, and spiritual
— this will do more to enrich the world than any other one
national transformation. Her vast population of workers
and her imm.ense natural resources constitute the world's
greatest single reservoir of economic power. Her notable
original contributions to the intellectual, moral, and esthetic
life of the race in centuries past, and the undiminished
vitality of her people, give assurance of a splendid future.
As a counterpart to Europe and America she is sorely
needed — together with the rest of the Orient — to give sanity
and balance to the spiritual life of the world.


Progress during 1923 /\\^^ ^^l



Princeton Endorses Princeton-in-Peking:

At home, the most significant event has been the strong
endorsement of Princeton-in-Peking voiced by the Trustees
of the University at their June meeting. The committee
appointed by President Hibben to consider the value of the
work done by Princeton-in-Peking, its program for future
development, and the right relationship of Princeton
University to this program, consisted of Professor M. W.
Jacobus, chairman of the committee of the Princeton
Trustees on curriculum, Professor Wilson Farrand, clerk
of the Board, and Mr. Henry B. Thompson. Fortunately
both for us and also for the University, Mr. Thompson had
just returned from a visit to the Orient. He had made a
careful study of the entire personnel, both American and
Chinese, representing us in Peking and our program of
activities. His unqualified commendation, voiced both
publicly and to the committee of the Board of Trustees,
left no room for doubt as to the propriety of an official en-
dorsement from the University. This endorsement, spread
upon the minutes of the Board and published in the June
issue of the alumni weekly, places on record the Trustees'
"approval of the notable work accomplished in the past by
Princeton-iu-Peking and their hearty endorsement of the
plan of that organization to take charge of the ivork in.
social, economic^ and political science in Peking University."

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Mr. Henry B. Thompson, '77, of the Princeton Trustees, gave an
enthusiastic report of his impressions after studying Princeton-in-
Peking on the spot.

Princeton Will Cooperate;

Possibly even more sigiiificant than this unquaHfied
approval is the continuance of the same committee "to study
the situation and to rejyort to the Board in ivhat way Prince-
ton University may with jjropriety cooperate in this move-
ment and aid in securing its complete success."

Princeton-in-Peking has desired the closest relationship
with the University which the President and Trustees might
see fit to establish. It is gratifying to have this relationship
so intimate as it now is. With President Hibben as Honor-
ary President of our Trustees, and with two members of
the faculty, the Executive Secretary of the University, and
a Trustee serving as active members of the Board, the
University has ample opportunity to insure adequate stand-
ards in our educational work, while the fine achievement
of the Princeton group on the field thus receives the recog-
nition of their alma mater.

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We Enter the Field of Higher Education:

This direct and active participation of Princeton
University in our work is closely related to another signi-
ficant development of the past year — the affiliation we
have formed with Peking University, the union American
and English institution of higher learning for the capital
of China. Just as a small group of brilliant and devoted
American educators set standards for the modern educa-
tional renaissance of Japan, so a few strateg-ically located
American institutions have set standards for the modern
educational development of China. The present promising
growth of Chinese schools, colleges, technical institutions,
and universities, both private and governmental, is to be
traced in large measure to the pioneer work done by these
outstanding American schools, — such as the Canton
Christian College in the far south, St. John's University
in Shanghai, Nanking University in the old capital city,
Yale-in-China in the centre of the country, and a few addi-
tional institutions strategically placed. Most fortunately
located of all these is Peking University, in the city which
is not only the capital of China but, in a certain sense, the
potential capital of the entire Orient. Fortunate not only
in its location but also in its far-sighted and liberal leader-
ship, under the presidency of Dr. John Leighton Stuart,
Peking University will be limited in its formative influence
in China only by the limit placed upon its finances.

Because of the established influence of the Princeton
group in Peking and the extensive work they have already
accomplished, Peking University has invited us into an
affiliation whereby we shall undertake to develop, first the
departments of sociology and political science, and later
probably those of business administration and economics.
After careful consideration we decided that our growth in
the direction of higher education would not only bring our
program into still more complete and appropriate relation-
ship with the mother institution at home, but would also
encourage the more rapid transfer of the extensive practical
program already developed into the hands of competent
Chinese leaders. As will appear hereafter, this transfer
has already been gradually proceeding.

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The terms upon which we might affiliate with Peking
University have been carefully studied and adopted in de-
tail by both organizations. The promising development
that has already taken place in this direction on the field
will appear later in this report.

Relations With International Committee Not Altered:

This planning of a superstructure of higher education
upon the basis of our foundation of practical service does
not require any modification of our long established re-
lation with the International Committee of the Y. M. C. A.
The Committee has served us generously as fiscal agent,
thereby largely reducing our own task, and has given' our
representatives in China all the advantages of insurance,
retirement fund, and other privileges which it would be
difficult for us to provide. Moreover, the major portion of
our program in Peking is still identified with the national
Y. M. C. A. in China. Whatever change may take place in
relationship between that organization and our own will
come about gradually without disturbance to the best in-

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The Y. M. C. A. Building
From tins centre Princeton-in-P eking now reaches out through
various activities into the wide-spread city of a million inhabitants.

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