In 1872, China sent a delegation of 120 boys to the US to learn English, live among New England's socially elite families, and study at universities like Yale and Harvard. As it turns out, the kids did more than just pick up colloquialisms and row crew; some of them also went on profoundly influence the development of post-imperial China. Authors Liel Leibovitz and Matthew Miller unspool the surprising tale in their new book, Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization.
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