|Kang Tongbi in her room at the home of Dr. Mary Starr Tudor, 621 Main St., South Windsor, Connecticut, 1904; private collection, Beijing.|
A new, on-the-ground picture of Kang Youwei’s first American sojourn in 1905 and the internal workings of the Baohuanghui is being revealed by a just-discovered collection of documents. Sold on eBay in fall 2013 by a New Hampshire auctioneer, the collection is now in a private collection in Beijing. The owner has provided scans of the materials to a small group of scholars associated with the book project, A Chinese Reformer in Exile: Kang Youwi and the Chinese Empire Reform Association in North America, 1899-1909 in return for documentation and analysis of the materials. We hope to share these documents in the future.