Eminent Chinese of the Ch'ing Period/Yang Su-yün

3678084Eminent Chinese of the Ch'ing Period, Volume 2 — Yang Su-yünJ. C. Yang

YANG Su-yün 楊素蘊 (T. 筠湄, H. 退菴, 1630–1689), official, was a native of I-chün, Shensi. Made a chin-shih in 1652, he was appointed magistrate of Tung-ming, Chihli, in the following year. Because of his unusual administrative ability he was promoted, in 1660, to the post of provincial censor of Szechwan. He soon afterwards submitted his famous memorial against Wu San-kuei [q. v.] for appointing and transferring officials at will and so encroaching on government authority. Wu protested his innocence and Yang Su-yün was in consequence dismissed. When Wu actually took up arms against the Manchu government in 1673 Yang was strongly commended by several officials for his former daring exposure of the rebel and was appointed to the staff of Ts'ai Yü-jung [q. v.] in Hupeh with the rank of intendant of a circuit. But being in mourning for the death of his father, he did not accept the office until 1675. In 1678 he was appointed intendant of the lower Chingnan circuit of Hupeh, and four years later was promoted to the post of director of education of Shansi, which he held until 1685. After several promotions he was, in 1687, appointed governor of Anhwei, and in the following year governor of Hupeh province—which post he held until his death in 1689. His collected prose and verse, 見山樓集, Chien-shan lou chi, and his memorials to the throne, 西臺奏議 Hsi-t'ai tsou-i, were given notice in the Imperial Catalogue (see under Chi Yün).

[1/276/2b; 2/9/6a; 3/154/36a; 4/65/26a; 7/5/11a; 9/4/15b; 12/7/48a; 18/4/21a; Ssŭ-k'u 56/10a, 182/1b; Haenisch, E., T'oung Pao (1913) p. 110.]

J. C. Yang