Lin Zexu, A Symbol of Solid Morals

During the Qing Dynasty lived a very humble and simple man. Through this period of time this grand dynasty was approaching some vast changes to both their infrastructure, and in imperial regard. Lin Zexu, highly educated and considered to be one of the great thinkers of his time, was to be the unexpected but important father, and spokesperson for this great change. Born in 1785 in Hougoan[modern day]Fuchau, China he immediately showed interested and the skills needed for higher learning. At the end of 1811, Lin being 26 years of age, he officially graduated with the major Jinshi degree. This degree was noted as the highest imperial exam which Mr. Zexu received from the prestigious Hanlin Academy. Armed with a vast amount of knowledge and a degree, he was ready to follow the inner calling that he [all of a sudden] saw staring him in the face. As his life progressed in a regal, political, and moral manner he found himself working his way up in the governmental system, reaching the Governor-General position in Hunan and Hubei, China in 1837. With his vigor and strong moral beliefs surrounding opium distribution, he began to enforce the destruction of opium during the Launun Opium Suppression Campaign. This was what was to be believed as the catalyst for the First Opium War(1839-1842). Lin Zexu became famous among the Chinese people as a symbol and model for great morals and guidance with his people against the opium trade. Lin died in 1850, at the age of 65 in Puning, Guangdong. His legacy remains as a great representation of the solid and stable morals that the Chinese people encompass to this very day. To honor Mr. Zexu, there is currently a statue of him, in full, in New York City.


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