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Ting Sung Kih


1. 1919 CEM Reunion (LaFargue Collection)  2. 1936 CEM Reunion (LaFargue Collection)


Pinyin & Chinese characters Ding Chongji 丁崇吉

Variant Spellings & Other Names Ting Shing Ki
American nickname: "Ningpo Ting"1

Other Chinese Name(s) Ting I Hsien (Ding Yixian) 丁艗仙2

Detachment 2

LaFargue No. 37

Date of Birth 21 May 18613

Place of Birth Dinghai 定海, Zhejiang

Age at Departure for US 13 (Lunar Calendar)3

Date of Death 1942

Place of Death Shanghai

Place(s) of Residence in US Holyoke, MA

American Host Family/ies Hervey S. & Nancy Lucretia (Beach) Dickerman, Holyoke, MA4

School(s), with dates Holyoke High School, 1876-1880

Notable Activities/Awards in School  
College/University, with dates Harvard College, 1880-81

Notable Activities/Awards in College  
Degree/Diploma Obtained (date)  
First Assignment in China Fuzhou Naval School, then Torpedo section of Dagu 大沽 Forts, 1881-84

Later Positions 1885: Reporter for Shanghai Courier《上海信使晚報》; Clerk, Shanghai Customs Office.
1908: Acting Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Statistical Secretary, Shanghai Customs Office. Ting was the first Chinese to achieve this position in the Imperial Customs Service; he retired after 42 years in the ICS.

ca. 1936: Manager of the family business, Kin Chong and Co. 锦章号. Assisted by fourth son Ding Yisheng 丁益生.
Employment Sector(s) Navy; Journalism; Customs Service; Business
Final Rank, if in Gov't Service  
Father's Name Ding Zhangshou 丁长绶

Mother's Name  
Wife/wives Twice married

Family Relations w/ other CEM Students  
Children's Names

7 children from 1st wife;
2 sons from 2nd wife:
Ding Zhihua 丁志华, b. 1926;
Ding Zhisheng 丁志生, b. 1931
Ding Jinsheng 丁金生 attended Hong Kong University
Ding Linsheng 丁联生 sent to college in U.S.A.

Ting financed his nephew Ding Hanbao 丁汉保 at Jiao Tong University 交通大学 and graduate studies at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Descendants "He enjoys the distinction among the C.E.M. boys of having raised the largest family. At present [ca 1939] this family consists of a wife, a daughter, 6 sons, 4 daughters-in-law, 12 grandsons, 11 grand-daughters, 2 great-grand-sons and 2 great-grand-daughters, all in good health."5
Notes and Sources

Sources: Yung Shang Him (1939), 24; Yung Shang Him (10/1939), 248; Ding (2005), 1-5.  Additional data from: Li Renjuan 李仁娟, 舟山定海北門丁家的發跡 ("The Ding Family Fortunes of Dinghai Beimin") in 舟山日報, 02 March 2010. http://www.shipcity.com.cn/article/2010/0203/article_2214_1.htm (Accessed 05 Jan 2012).

1. Qian & Hu (2003), 81, Qian & Hu (2004), 93

2. Written 丁艗先 in student name list compiled by Won Bing Chung (Wen Bingzhong 温秉忠 II, 36); 丁艗仙 on photograph of 1936 CEM reunion.

3. Although the Chinese sources give Ting Sung Kih's age as "14 sui 岁" at departure from China, implying birth in the year gengshen 庚申 (1860), the record preserved in the Harvard archives of Ting Sung Kih’s entrance to Harvard College in 1880 (reproduced in Qian & Hu (2003), 106, and Qian & Hu (2004), 114) notes his date of birth as “21 May 1861,” which corresponds to Xianfeng 11.4.12 (year xinyou 辛酉) in the lunar calendar.  His age at departure for the U.S. on 12 June 1873 would have been 13 sui 岁 by the lunar calendar, or 12 years old by Western reckoning.

4. Rhoads (2011), Table 5.1, p. 52.  Ting Sung Kih appears to have resided with the H. S. Dickerman family, his original American hosts, in Holyoke, MA, until he left to attend Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Similarly, Ting's housemate, Wong Liang Ting (Wang Liangdeng 王良登 II, 60), resided with the Dickerman family until leaving to attend Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. The U.S. Census records of June 1880, identifying both as "boarder students" in the Dickerman household, note only their residence before the end of June 1880.

5. Yung Shang Him (1939), 24; Yung Shang Him (10/1939), 248 (NB: “…4 sons…” in this printing of Yung’s text).