Wu Ping-Chien, known as Houqua, lived from 1769 to 1843. As the preeminent hong merchant he amassed one of the greatest fortunes of the early 19th century. Worth $26,000,000 in 1830, he invested in American railroads and other new technology. Renowned in the West, his wax figure was exhibited at Madame Tussaud’s in London and a clipper ship was named after him.
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The Brahmin temperament and the Confucian spirit complimented each other in an almost religious sense.
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