Thursday, June 28, 2007

Cheng Man-ch'ing's Birth Year

Over the years, a considerable amount of confusion has arisen over what year Cheng Man-ch'ing was born. The years 1900, 1901, 1902, and even 1903 are commonly cited. However, according to his memorial inscription, he was born in the 28th year of the Guangxu emperor’s reign, the sixth month, on the twenty-fifth day—the Western date of July 29, 1902.