Yang Du

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Yang Du
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Yang Du
Vice Minister of Education
In office
Monarch Xuantong Emperor
Prime Minister Yuan Shikai
Succeeded by Liu Tingchen
Director of the National Bureau of Statistics
In office
Monarch Xuantong Emperor
Prime Minister Yuan Shikai
Senator of the Senate
In office
Personal details
Born Yang Chengzan (楊承瓉)
15 January 1875
Xiangtan, Hunan, China
Died 17 September 1931(1931-09-17) (aged 56)
Shanghai, China
Political party Kuomintang (1922 - 1929)
Chinese Communist Party (1929 - 1931)
Spouse(s) Huang Hua (黃華)
Xu Canleng (徐粲楞)
Children Yang Gongshu (楊公庶), Yang Gongzhao (楊公兆), Yang Yunhui (楊雲慧), Yang Yunbi (楊雲碧), Yang Gongsu (楊公素), Yang Gongmin (楊公敏), Yang Yunjie (楊雲潔), Yang Gongwu (楊公武)
Alma mater Hongwen Academy
Hosei University
Occupation Politician

Yang Du (simplified Chinese: 杨度; traditional Chinese: 楊度; pinyin: Yáng Dù; 15 January 1875 – 17 September 1931) was a Chinese politician.[1]


His birthname was Yang Chengzan (Chinese: 楊承瓚). His style name was Xizi (Chinese: 皙子) and his art names was Hugong (Chinese: 虎公), Huchan (Chinese: 虎禪), Huchanshi (Chinese: 虎禪師), Hutoutuo (Chinese: 虎頭陀), and Shihu (Chinese: 釋虎).


Yang was born into a family of farming background in the village of Shitang (Chinese: 石塘村), in the town of Jiangyu (Chinese: 姜畬镇), Xiangtan in Hunan province.[2] His grandfather, Yang Litang (Chinese: 楊禮堂), was a soldier of the Xiang Army. His father, Yang Yisheng (Chinese: 楊懿生), was a farmer.[2] Yang was the elder of three children. His father died of illness when he was 10 years old, Yang was raised by his uncle, Yang Ruisheng (Chinese: 楊瑞生).[2]

Yang studied under Wang Kaiyun (Chinese: 王闿運).[2] His classmates such as: Xia Shoutian (Chinese: 夏壽田), Yang Rui (Chinese: 楊銳), Liu Guangdi (Chinese: 劉光第), Liu Kuiyi (Chinese: 劉揆一), and Qi Baishi (Chinese: 齊白石).[2]

In 1902, Yang went to Japan, studying in Hongwen Academy (Chinese: 弘文學院).[2] In 1904, Yang studied politics in Hosei University.[2]

In 1911, Yang served as the Director of the National Bureau of Statistics.[2][3] In 1914, Yang became a senator in the senate. When Yuan Shikai died,Yang became a buddhist.[2]

In 1922, Yang joined the Kuomintang in Shanghai.[2] In 1929, Yang joined the Chinese Communist Party.[2][4][5]

In September 1931, Yang died of illness in Shanghai.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Yang had two sons with Huang Hua (Chinese: 黃華) and six with Xu Canleng (Chinese: 徐粲楞) (three sons and three daughters).

With Huang Hua:

  • Dr. Yang Gongshu (Chinese: 楊公庶), chemist, he was a graduate student in chemistry at the Berlin University.
  • Dr. Yang Gongzhao (Chinese: 楊公兆), geographer, he was a graduate student in geology at the Berlin University.

With Xu Canleng:

  • Yang Yunhui (Chinese: 楊雲慧), dramatist.
  • Yang Yunbi (Chinese: 楊雲碧)
  • Yang Gongsu (Chinese: 楊公素)
  • Yang Gongmin (Chinese: 楊公敏)
  • Yang Yunjie (Chinese: 楊雲潔)
  • Yang Gongwu (Chinese: 楊公武)


  1. ^ 徐雁平:作为根基的学术研究 评《清代人物生卒年表》 引《杨度传》,杨度生于同治十三年十二月初八日
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "杨度:从湖湘秀才到中共党员 中国近代史上一奇人". qianzhan.com (in Chinese). 2013. 
  3. ^ "杨度促袁世凯称帝:中央无威信 军队不知为谁战". ifeng (in Chinese). 2013. 
  4. ^ "鼓动袁世凯称帝祸首杨度1929年入中共 周恩来批准". ycwb.com (in Chinese). 2013. 
  5. ^ "从保皇派到地下党员:晚年杨度华丽转身". Xinhua News (in Chinese). 2013.