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Figure Figure Ng Poon Chew. Chinese Statesman and Journalist Redpath New Light on the Far East THE Redpath Bureau feels special pleasure in being able to place before the American people the great Chinese Statesman and Journalist, Ng Poon Chew. In so doing we are sure we are furnishing the very man who is best equipped to throw new light in abundance upon the deep and dark mysteries of China, one of the greatest countries in all the world. The discussion of China and her people is most timely. After centuries of apparent stagnation there was a sudden and awful awakening. China surprised the world by throwing off the yoke of the Manchu and establishing a republican form of government. She has since made sure and steady progress in the adoption of important governmental refinements, with results that have startled mankind. Her immense natural resources, her teeming millions of people, of strong mental calibre and unflagging industry, her new born aspirations and ambitions, have formed a rich field for speculation among world students as to her probable relations with the world's future. To some the prospect is most promising. To others, quite as wise, it is an alarming menace. The Man Who Knows Dr. Ng Poon Chew is thoroughly acquainted with the facts. A native of China, he knows her national spirit and her traditions. He has fully informed himself on every phase of Chinese life, and understands the hearts of his people in every throb, from the wild eyed brigand to the true lover of liberty. The lectures of Ng Poon Chew are interesting and profitable studies of Chinese problems of vital concern and world wide interest. He not only charms the ear with his delightful platform powers, but imparts information of real value and of peculiar interest to all thinking people. In these times of political stress, while world powers are jockeying for favorable positions in the struggle, it is indeed well that we make careful and thorough inquiry into China. A giant of unknown strength is shaking off the drowsy spell of a stagnant past, and casting expectant and hungry eyes toward the four corners of the earth. We repeat, with emphasis, a rational study of China is most timely. We commend Ng Poon Chew as a proper vehicle of information. Ng Poon Chew, the Man Ng Poon Chew, the Chinese journalist, scholar, statesman, and known throughout the United States as the Chinese Mark Twain, is not a stranger to the American public. On the contrary he has lectured extensively throughout the United States, appearing in all the principal cities before vast audiences. For many years he has devoted his energies to bringing about a better understanding between the American people and the Chinese. This work he has carried on from the lecture platform and in the columns of his newspaper. He has made impressions upon our people that will remain. His Sense of Humor Ng Poon Chew has been bountifully endowed by nature with a keen sense of humor. It was his keen wit and his wholesome fun-making that gave him the title The Chinese Mark Twain. His subjects are substantial and his treatment always serious; but he has the happy faculty of dressing up everything he says in terms of sharp interest. There are many humorous passages in his lectures, with restful effects. Dr. Ng Poon Chew established the first Chinese daily paper in the United States, and has justly earned the title of Father of Chinese Journalism in America. He is a many sided man of deep insight and broad culture. Though of foreign birth and training he gracefully adorns the American platform and is qualified to maintain his place with the best. Lecture Subjects The Birth of a Nation A vivid, accurate and most interesting description of the historical events in the history of China leading to the revolution and establishment of the republic. China and Her Burdens This lecture is a discussion of the numerous problems confronting the Chinese republic, and reveals to the American people the almost unsurmountable obstacles in China's path of progress and reconstruction. The European War and the Orient This lecture treats of the present war in Europe from the standpoint of an Oriental, and reveals the Chinese opinions and ideas in regard to the war. What the Newspapers Say A more brilliant speaker has not addressed a Los Angeles audience in many moons than the Chinese gentleman, statesman, scholar and editor—Ng Poon Chew—who appeared before the Friday Morning Club yesterday, and by his wit and wisdom, his eloquence and logic, won round after round of hearty applause, and provoked peals of laughter from the audience of men and women which filled the big auditorium of the clubhouse.— “Times,” Los Angeles, Cal. Ng Poon Chew is a highly educated man, his address was so exceptionally able and his personality so magnetic, strong, manly and sincere, that one carried away a strong respect for and greater confidence in the Chinese people as a nation, because of the admiration and respect that the lecturer commanded for himself and claimed for his countrymen.— “Press,” Santa Barbara, Cal. As a humorist an Oriental Mark Twain has developed in the keenly clever and highly educated person of Ng Poon Chew, Chinese editor and sometime lecturer before all manners of assemblages.— San Francisco “Call.” Masterly magnetism and logical argument, bristling with Oriental wit, which, by the way, is keen wit, bubbled forth from the mouth of Ng Poon Chew, the Chinese statesman, orator and editor yesterday afternoon and held spellbound a group of men, women and children with his vivid word-picture of China's unmaking and recasting during the last few hundred years.— La Grande, Ore., “Observer.” Eloquence, wit and sarcasm play moving parts throughout the address of Dr. Chew, with a force never before heard here in the cratory of a foreign visitor. He rose to a lofty flight of patriotic sentiment. Then he convulsed the audience by injecting some familiar American expression, at intervals a little slang, and gave a humorous turn to the sentence as a final twist.— “Journal,” Portland, Ore. Employing the logic of a Webster, the eloquence and appeal of a Henry, and the finesse of a Bryan, Ng Poon Chew, Chinese editor and statesman, prominent leader of the Orientals both in China and America, gave an eloquent discourse to an enthusiastic audience which comfortably filled the auditorium of the Normal School last night.— “Reville,” Bellingham, Wash. Ng Poon Chew, the Chinese patriot and statesman, was the feature of the second day of the Nebraska Epworth Assembly, and in a speech intermingled with pathos, humor, eloquent flights of oratory and striking epigrams, he held an audience of 3,000 people at the auditorium in rapt attention for an hour an a half.— “Journal,” Lincoln, Neb. Ng Poon Chew is a gifted speaker, endowed with an extraordinary amount of wit, and his presentation of the Chinese question of the day was at once interesting, entertaining and instructive.— “The Chautauquan,” Chautauqua Lake, N. Y. Dr. Ng Poon Chew is declared by those who have heard him lecture to be the most entertaining speaker that California has at the present time on the public platform.— “Courier,” Oxnard, Cal. His address is able and brilliant, full of enthusiasm, full to repletion with wit, and constantly evoking applause.— Alameda, Cal., “Times.” Ng Poon Chew is a perfect master of English, as he is a combination of Oriental courtesy and American enterprise.— Los Angeles, Cal., “Herald.” Ng Poon Chew, Chinese editor, statesman, philosopher and humorist, has risen above all barriers of race, and won the title of the most brilliant Chinaman in America.— “Human Life,” Boston, Mass. In the lecture fields his brilliance, wit, light sarcasm and excellent command of the English language have won deep appreciation among the most cultured audiences.— “Path Finder,” Washington, D. C. Dr. Ng Poon Chew is a gentleman of parts whose enlightened intelligence would reflect credit upon any race that produced him.— “Republic,” St. Louis, Mo. Ng Poon Chew is a fluent speaker and bright and witty in his talk, seeing the humorous side of life, and is a recognised authority upon Oriental subjects.— “Tribune,” Oakland, Cal. The address was full of optimism and was fully punctuated with an irresistible humor, no small fund of which the speaker possesses.— “Mercury,” San Jose, Cal. Mr. Chew is an optimist of the most advanced type. He is a large man physically and a broad man mentally. He has a thorough grasp of the English language, speaking very fluently, and has also grasp of worldly politics, and the factors which make for the building up of the nation.— “Daily,” Victoria, B. C. When not thrilled with the patriotism of the speaker the several hundred members present were in an uproar of laughter at some witty remark, most often a good-humored witticism on some American custom.— “Chronicle,” San Francisco, Cal. No more brilliant speaker has ever appeared in this city. From every standpoint, Dr. Ng Poon Chew delivered the finest lecture ever heard here.— “Free Press,” Ventura, Cal. Dr. Ng Poon Chew is a splendid speaker, and handled his subject in a masterful manner, his keen wit and kindly humor holding the undivided attention of his large audience.— Citizen, Berea, Ky. With an eloquence not given to many Americans, Ng Poon Chew told of his people, their weaknesses and their power.— “Times,” Erie, Pa. Throughout his address Dr. Ng Poon Chew displayed broad learning, accuracy of English in expression of meaning, and a strongly kindled enthusiasm in the cause of liberty.— “Daily News,” Greensboro, N. C. Ng Poon Chew is a forceful speaker, his English is perfect and he presents his subject in a clear and concise manner.— “News,” Indianapolis, Ind. He is a natural orator, wit and story teller.— “Spokesman Review,” Spokane.
|Title||Ng Poon Chew: Chinese statesman and journalist|
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