The Sino-American Friendship as Tradition and Challenge

Dr. Ailie Gale was a prototypical woman missionary who helped change Americans' traditionally uncomplimentary image of China. However, Gale's and other women missionaries' writings remain largely unexamined by scholars who wish to explore Americans' conceptions of the "special friendship" between China and America in the decades of the twentieth century leading to World War II. To understand the historical context of Gale's letters, Professor Zaccarini explores the meanings and values typical to Gale and a presumed "sisterhood" of supporters.

Baptized in the Fire of Revolution

This book recounts one of the most fascinating episodes in the encounter between American and Chinese cultures in the twentieth century, the American attempt to convert the Chinese to Protestantism.

Gardens of a Chinese Emperor

The Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanming Yuan) in the western suburbs of a Qing capital, Beijing, was begun by the great Kangxi emperor (r. 1661-1722), expanded by his son, the Yongzheng emperor (r. 1722-1736), and brought to its greatest glory by his grandson, the Qianlong emperor (r. 1736-1796). A lover of literature and art, the Qianlong emperor sought an earthly reflection of his greatness in his Yuanming Yuan. For many years he designed and directed an elaborate program of garden arrangements.

The Chinese Medical Ministries of Kang Cheng and Shi Meiyu, 1872-1937

This is the first full-length study of the medical ministries of Kang Cheng and Shi Meiyu, who graduated from the medical school at the University of Michigan in 1896 and then ran dispensaries, hospitals, and nursing schools in China from the 1890s to the 1930s. Known in English-speaking countries as Drs. Ida Kahn and Mary Stone, they were well-known both in China and in the United States in the early twentieth century, but today have largely been forgotten.

Bernhard Karlgen

This book deals with the life and career of Bernhard Karlgren (1889-1978), whose researches in a great variety of fields, particularly the historical phonology of the Chinese language, laid the foundations for modern Western Sinology.

Foreign Exchange

Foreign Exchange: Counterculture behind the Walls of St. Hilda’s School for Girls, 1929-1937 is the story of Yeh Yuanshuang and Dorothea Kingsley Wakeman and their experiences at the American missionary school in China. Founded in 1875, the school that would become St. Hilda’s School for Girls was intended to provide a strong Christian education for its students. Daily student-teacher interactions, however, created an environment that allowed for a foreign exchange that led to the creation of a new culture that subverted both American and Chinese gender constructs.

A Protestant Church in Communist China

Freedom of religious belief is guaranteed under the constitution of the People's Republic of China, but the degree to which this freedom is able to be exercised remains a highly controversial issue. Much scholarly attention has been given to persecuted underground groups such as Falun, but one area that remains largely unexplored is the relationship between officially registered churches and the communist government. This study investigates the history of one such official church, Moore Memorial Church in Shanghai. The church was founded by American Methodist missionaries.

America Views China

American images of China have varied greatly through time, as have the way that images have reached the United States through various media. America Views China analyzes the variety of images of China from colonial times to the present, through such media as unpublished travelogues, newspaper accounts, artifacts, and photographs, as well as the more official reports of diplomats, businessmen, and missionaries. The contributors' approaches and impressions are quite diverse, and they are unclouded by scholarly controversy.

The Golden Ghetto

This book details the life of American merchants and missionaries who lived at Canton, the only port in the Celestial Empire open to foreigners in the sixty years after the Revolution before America developed a China policy. While in China, these Americans lived isolated from Chinese society and in sybaritic, albeit celibate luxury. Nevertheless, they often made fortunes in a few years and returned home to become important figures in the rapidly developing United States.

A World of Crisis and Progress

This book provides a fascinating account of the cultural relations between American YMCA missionaries and native Christians in Japan at the turn of the century. In addition to demonstrating clear evidence that this cross-cultural interaction produced changes on both sides of the Pacific, the author also analyzes the implications of late-nineteenth-century nationalism and imperialism for all participants. This work also contributes to an international perspective in historical understanding.


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