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Tse Tsan-tai
Tse Tsan-tai
(Chinese: 謝纘泰 or 謝贊泰; pinyin: Xiè Zàntài; Sidney Lau: Je6 Juen2 Taai3; 16 May 1872 – 4 April 1938), courtesy name Sing-on (聖安), art-named Hong-yu (康如), was one of the earliest Chinese revolutionaries of the late Qing
Qing
Dynasty. Tse was the first Chinese person to fly an airship, China
China
in 1899. His book The Chinese Republic: Secret History of the Revolution (中華民國革命秘史), published in 1924 by the South China Morning Post, of which he was co-founder, is an important source of studies on the anti- Qing
Qing
revolution.

Contents

1 Early life 2 As a revolutionary 3 After the revolution 4 References

Early life[edit] Born in Grafton, New South Wales, to a patriotic Chinese, Tse Yat-cheong (謝日昌), Tse Tsan-tai
Tse Tsan-tai
was baptised James See on 1 November 1879. In 1887, Tse moved to Hong Kong
Hong Kong
with his family and was educated at the Government Central School (now the Queen's College).[1] Later, Tse worked as a secretary in the Public Works Department of the Government of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
for nearly 10 years. As a revolutionary[edit]

The Situation in the Far East (1899)

On March 13, 1892, Tse, together with Yeung Ku-wan
Yeung Ku-wan
and others, started the Furen Literary Society
Furen Literary Society
[2]:47 in Pak Tse Lane, Sheung Wan, with the guiding principle of "Ducit Amor Patriae" (盡心愛國 in Chinese, literally "Love your country with all your heart"). The society released books and papers discussing the future of China
China
and advocating the overthrow of the Qing
Qing
government and the establishment of a republic in China. The Furen Literary Society
Furen Literary Society
was merged into the Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Chapter of the Revive China
China
Society in 1895, with Yeung and Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
as the president and secretary of the society respectively. When Yeung and Sun fled overseas after the unsuccessful First Guangzhou
Guangzhou
Uprising, Tse remained in Hong Kong. After Yeung was assassinated by Qing
Qing
agents in 1901, Tse strove for his burial in the Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Cemetery, albeit with a nameless gravestone. Determined to avenge his friend, Tse, together with his father, his brother, Hung Chuen-fook (洪全福) and triads, plotted another uprising in Canton. They called for the establishment of the State of Great Ming Heavenly Kingdom
Great Ming Heavenly Kingdom
(大明順天國), a democratic state with an elected sage and talent as the president, and persuaded Yung Wing
Yung Wing
to serve as the provisional president of the state. According to the plan, with financial sponsorship from Li Ki-tong (李紀堂), they would destroy the Emperor's Temple (萬壽宮) with explosives on 28 January 1903, killing all the officials there, and then occupy the city of Canton. The plot was leaked to the Qing government by a betraying informant. As a newspaper person, Tse wrote the first declaration of the Revive China
China
Society, with an open letter to the Guangxu Emperor
Guangxu Emperor
in English. He also published The Situation in the Far East (時局全圖) to warn patriots against the Western powers' ambition to partition China. In November 1903, Tse co-founded the South China Morning Post
South China Morning Post
with Alfred Cunningham.[3] After the revolution[edit] After the Xinhai Revolution
Xinhai Revolution
in 1911, Tse was not involved in the Republic
Republic
of China
China
Government. He died on 4 April 1938 and was buried in Hong Kong. References[edit]

^ Ann Curthoys and Marilen Lake (2006) Connected Worlds - History in Transnational Perspective ^ Schiffrin, Harold Z (1968). Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
and the Origins of the Chinese Revolution. University of California Press.  ^ South China
China
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