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Chung Ching Shing


LEFT: 1878, Member "Orientals" baseball team (LaFargue Collection)


Pinyin & Chinese characters Zhong Juncheng 钟进成1; 钟俊成2
Variant Spellings & Other Names C. T. Ching
Chung T. Ching
Chung Tsung Ching
Tsing Ching Ching
Tsung Ching Chung

Other Chinese Names 钟勉之
Detachment 1
LaFargue No. 27
Date of Birth 1859

Place of Birth Xiangshan, Guangdong Province

Age at Departure for U.S. 14 (Lunar Calendar)
Date of Death  
Place of Death Shanghai

Place(s) of residence in U.S. (1) Wilbraham, MA?
(2) Springfield, MA
(3) Hartford, CT
(4) 1879 New Haven: 59 Wall St. [The Yale Banner, v. 36 (1879), p. 38]
(5) 1880 New Haven: 36 Elm St. [The Yale Banner, v. 37 (1880), p. 40]

American Host Family/ies (1) N/A;
(2) W. R. Potter
School(s), with dates

Wesleyan Academy, Wilbraham, MA 1873-75;

Springfield Collegiate Institute, Springfield, MA 1875-76;

Hartford Public High School, Hartford, CT 1876-77;

Norwich Free Academy, Norwich, CT 1877-793

Notable activities/ awards in school

Gave oration titled “The Future of China” at year-end ceremonies at Springfield Collegiate, June 1876.4

Member of The Orientals, the CEM baseball team

College/University, with dates Yale Sheffield Scientific School 5; admitted 1879, but dismissed from the CEM, 1880, for cutting his queue and sent home6

Notable activities/ awards in College

1879 Member of Alpha Chi, Freshman fraternity in Sheffield Scientific School [The Yale Banner, v. 36 (1879), p. 69];

Member of Yale University Bicycle Association [Pot-pourri (Yale publication) v. 16 (1880-81), p. 101]

Degree/Diploma Obtained, with date  
First Assignment in China

Later Positions Consular Service (U.S.) served in Canton, Hong Kong, Amoy and Chungking.

Employment sector(s) Government (U.S.)

Final rank, if in gov't service

Father's name

Mother's name  
Family relations w/ other CEM students

Children's Names


Other His Yale classmates recalled that Chung "dressed in the extreme of fashion of that time, and tried to be as American-like as possible. To carry this out he had his queue cut off, an act which caused considerable comment..." (see p. 151 in note 6).

"Notes and Sources 1. Chung signed his Chinese name thus in Yung Kwai’s autograph album (courtesy Dana Young).

2. Given in some CEM students name list.

3. Data about schools and dates from Rhoads (2011), pp. 92, 96 & 97.

4. Rhoads (2011), p. 159.

5. Qian & Hu (2003), 106; Qian & Hu ( 2004) 114.

6. Rhoads (2011), pp. 136 & 151.