William Alexander Parsons Martin was born in 1827 into the family of a pioneer Presbyterian preacher on the American frontier. At a time when he arrived in Ningbo as a missionary, America, in the middle of reconstruction, was witnessing its advances of science and technology. During his stay in China, America began to emerge as a world power.
This episode focuses on the Hundred Days’ Reform of 1898. In that year, Martin had a close contact with reformers and was appointed the president of the newly-founded Imperial University of China. After the quick suppression of the 1898 reform movement, the Imperial University of China was its only existing achievement, marking the beginning of Chinese higher education.