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China’s Christian Colleges: Cross-Cultural Connections, 1900-1950

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"China's Christian Colleges is an important reference work. It is authoritative, balanced and insightful, and should be essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Sino-American encounters and the development of modern education in China."—Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, The China Journal

"Daniel Bays has done it again, this time with a co-editor, Ellen Widmer. He has put together yet another wonderfully researched, well organized, and carefully and beautifully written set of articles that deal with, in this case, various aspects of education system that were a major part of the larger Wester missionary enterprise in China."—Murray Rubinstein, Church History.

"The diverse essays in this volume represent an excellent contribution to the ongoing study of their cross-cultural impact, both in China and in the United States."—International Bulletin of Missionary Research

"Marking the beginning of a new era of scholarship on China's Christian colleges, this book breaks with the self-congratulatory scholarship of earlier culture-bound studies and goes beyond more recent work by emphasizing cultural interaction. The volume's contributors explore Christian colleges not as gifts of a benevolent West to a benighted China but as focal points of intercultural interflow."—John W. Israel, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Virginia

About the Author

Daniel H. Bays is the Spoelhof Chair, Professor of History, and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Calvin College. Ellen Widmer is the Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of East Asian Studies at Wellesley College.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press (February 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804759499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804759496
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mary on July 7, 2009
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Although my academic background is in China studies I had only cursory exposure to the history of the Christian missions. In the past the missions have been viewed through the prism of "cultural imperialism," not entirely without justification. New research is showing that the encounter between Western Christian missionaries and Chinese had a two-way impact. The Christian colleges were sites of cultural exchange and current research in China itself acknowledges their benefits for China. This history of the Christian colleges is well-written and highly informed. The authors are experts in the field and write with sympathy for both parties. I highly recommend it.
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