The George Hogg Education Fund was launched at SACU’ s 50th Anniversary celebration meeting on May 30th, 2015. The fund addresses one of SACU’s key objectives - to promote and advance the education of the Chinese people in aspects of Britain and the British people.
The fund aims to:
The fund will operate through SACU's existing contact with the Shandan Bailie School in Gansu Province and our link with the ICCIC ➚ (the International Committee for the Promotion of Chinese Industrial Cooperatives), of which the Shandan School is a member.
Financing for the fund will come from sources additional to SACU membership, raised specifically for the support of the project.
Little known in his own country of Britain today, George Hogg has a legendary status in China's North West for his work in the wartime cooperative movement and later as headmaster of a school for war orphans. Hogg went to China after graduating from Oxford University in 1938, initially working as an independent war correspondent for the Associated Press. In 1939, he became involved, through Rewi Alley ➚, in the Gung Ho Chinese Industrial Cooperatives (CIC) movement, taking on the job of CIC Secretary, and later headmaster of the Bailie Co-operative technical training school ➚ in Shuangshipu, Shaanxi province in 1942. In 1944, to escape the advance of war across North China, he led his 60 orphan students, on a 700 mile hike over snow-bound mountains to Shandan, Gansu province. There he set up a new school, only to die tragically shortly after, aged just 30.
Hogg's life has been chronicled in Ocean Devil: The Life and Legend of George Hogg ➚ by James MacManus (2008), and the dramatic, if highly modified, story of his trek, was made more widely known through the feature film The Children of Huangshi ➚ (2008), directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. His 7 years in China is a popular topic of study for students at his old school, St Georges in Harpenden ➚.
A key aspect of Hogg’s legacy was his war reporting which eschewed the ‘blood and guts’ style - to capture the everyday lives of Chinese folk in wartime. His book “I see a New China ➚”, published in 1944, was received with acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic as a ‘straightforward and unpretentious’ record of China at war, in which ‘compassion and respect for the ordinary Chinese people, and with this an optimism about China’s future, shines through... never more so than in his descriptions of the village cooperatives and their members’.
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