CHP-124-Sir Y.K. Pao

Today after a month-long break the China History Podcast is back with another episode. This time we look at the life and times of Sir Y.K. Pao. In telling the story of Sir Yue-kong Pao (Bao Yugang in Mandarin) we can also relive the periods in China and Hong Kong during the 1960’s, 70’s and into the 80’s. Through the life of Sir Y.K. Pao we can also look back on those difficult times between China and Britain that preceded the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration in December 1984. Sir Y.K. lived an amazing but all too brief life and was one of the early Hong Kong Chinese to rush to aid China when Deng Xiaoping emerged and began setting China on the path of reform and opening up to the world.


Y.K. Pao: My Father
by Anna Sohmen-Pao



Bao Yugang 包玉刚 Pao Yue-kong, Sir Y.K. Pao

Huang Sue-Ing 黄秀英 (Huang Xiuying) Lady Pao, wife of Sir Y.K.

Chuang wang 船王 The Shipping King

Renzong Emperor 仁宗帝

Zhao Kuangyin 赵匡胤 Founder of the Song Dynasty

Bao Zheng 包拯 Magistrate Bao

Bao Gong 包公 Alternate name of Magistrate Bao

Gaige Kaifang 改革开放  Reform & opening up to the world

Bao Zhaolong 包兆龙 Father of Y.K. Pao

shuai ge 帅哥 Slang for a good-looking guy

Mei Lanfang  梅兰芳 Famous Peking Opera singer

Lu Xuzhang 卢绪章 Elder Uncle Lu, Early CCP operative and senior official

Guangdahua Hang 广大华行 Kwong Dah Wah Hang, an early China trading company (later part of China Resources 华润)

Jin’an Hao 金安号 The Golden Alpha, Y.K. Pao’s first ship

Li Ka-Shing 李嘉诚 Featured in CHP episode 13

Hua Guofeng 华国锋 Mao’s chosen successor and leader until he got respectfully pushed aside by Deng Xiaoping

Chai Shufan 柴树藩 High ranking China government minister

Ningbo Daxue  宁波大学 Ningbo University

Tianyi Ge  天一阁  Oldest library in China that’s still around

Cao Guangbiao 曹光彪 K.P. Chao, another Ningbonese who made a fortune in textiles and co-founded Dragonair

Jihua Danlie Shi 计划单列市 Special status designated to certain cities giving them special economic treatment from the central government.  Besides Ningbo, there are: Shenzhen, Xiamen, Dalian, Chongqing, Qingdao, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Xian, Changchun, Nanjing, Chengdu & Shenyang

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  • Yeah listening to this while I’m sitting here at Yk Pao school in Shanghai was fascinating, now I know more about the school’s namesake.

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