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Homer LeaAmerican Soldier of Fortune$
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Lawrence M. Kaplan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126166

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126166.001.0001

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Homer Lea

Jeff Mielke

University Press of Kentucky

When Lea returned to California after a year of absence, most of his American friends and acquaintances dismissed his claims of generalship and Asian adventure as the ravings of an excessive, overdeveloped, and fertile imagination. He returned to the U.S in order to come up with some ideas for changes in Pao Huang Hui policies thus eliminating the need for diplomatic work in organizing reform in the army toward China. His return was sensationalized, as articles and interviews provided a lot of information about his life. This public exposure made him re-elevate his position within the California reform movement, and his status within the Pao Huang Hui. During his stay, Lea wasted no time in persuading some of his old friends to join the reform army. As a result, Lea gained valuable civic and military contacts by handling much of Liang Ch'i-ch'ao's public relations in Los Angeles.

Keywords:   California, reform army, Pao Huang Hui, civic, Liang Ch'i-ch'ao', Los Angeles

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