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A Career In Government

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Shortly after the farewell to Ho Shih, Ho Ching-ming actually devoted a poem to the subject of one of the nomad leaders, whose name in Chinese was Hua-tang. Ho's tone is the one usual in Chinese comment on unruly barbarians: shock and disappointment that someone so fortunate as to be living on the fringes, at least, of civilization, and who had been so well-behaved in the past, should so suddenly have gone bad. We do not know when in 1517 Ho's promotion came, but it would be interesting if we did, for there was a notable event in August of that year that might have affected such things in a number of ways. Wu-tsung's post-ritual hunting trip in the spring had been only the next in a series of private excursions. Wu-tsung did not return to Peking until just before the spring sacrifices, after which he once again went hunting.

Keywords: Chinese; Ho Ching-ming; Hua-tang; Peking



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