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ERIC Number: EJ1054056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1183-1189
Mao Was My Neighbour: Yao Zhongda and the "Opening" of Chinese Adult Education
Boshier, Roger
Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice, v22 n2 p11-27 Spr 2013
After Deng Xiaoping's 1978 reform and opening, foreigners had a chance to see adult education in China. As a result, many met Yao Zhongda, Chief of the Bureau of Workers' and Peasants Education. From 1921 onwards, adult education has been a vital corollary of Communist revolution. Although Yao's biography was extremely relevant to what foreigners saw, few knew much about their host. Yao made enthusiastic responses to Roby Kidd's efforts to "open" China to the Toronto-based International Council of Adult Education. By 2013, he was 88 years old. The primary purpose of this paper was to capture his biography and reflect on what it means for 21st century China. A secondary purpose was to alert Beijing scholars to the importance of this key actor in the colourful drama of globalization and adult education in China.
Brock University Faculty of Educatino. 500 Glenridge Avenue, Saint Catharines, ON, L2S 3A1 Canada. Tel: 905-688-5550 ext. 3733; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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