Photograph of Cai Yuanpei. As chancellor of Beijing University from 1917 to 1926, Cai created a vibrant cultural environment that made the university the powerhouse of the New Culture Movement. He encouraged physical and aesthetic education in addition to science and technology in hopes of training a new generation of well-rounded intellectuals. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.
Cai Yuanpei, an accomplished student in the Confucian tradition, became part of China’s cultural and political