Scene from the Taiping Rebellion 1850 to 1864. The Taiping Rebellion was a civil war in southern China waged against the ruling Manchu Qing dynasty.Led by Hong Xiuquan, it is estimated that at least 20 million people died, mainly civilians, in one of the deadliest military conflicts in history. The Rebels agenda included social reforms such as shared "property in common," equality for women, and the replacement of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Chinese folk religion with their form of Christianity. Taiping combatants were nicknamed "Longhairs" because of their refusal to wear the queue. The Qing government eventually crushed the rebellion with the aid of French and British forces.
Adjusting to life in America was difficult for Calvin, not speaking a word of English. He had to start school a month after his arrival, beginning first grade at nine years old. He persevered in school and entered University of California Berkeley in 1949 until he was drafted in 1951 to fight in the Korean war. After the war he returned to the US, received a combat medic’s badge and 4 battle stars and graduated from Berkeley in 1956.