China's American Daughter: Ida Pruitt (1888-1985)

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Ida Pruitt (1888-1985), born of American missionaries and raised in a rural Chinese village at the end of the nineteenth century, witnessed almost a century of China's revolutionary upheavals. She was the first Director of Social Service at Peking Union Medical College, where she established social casework in China, and later served as the executive secretary of the American Committee in Support of the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives, the only U.S. aid agency to support both Nationalist and Communist regions ...

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Overview

Ida Pruitt (1888-1985), born of American missionaries and raised in a rural Chinese village at the end of the nineteenth century, witnessed almost a century of China's revolutionary upheavals. She was the first Director of Social Service at Peking Union Medical College, where she established social casework in China, and later served as the executive secretary of the American Committee in Support of the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives, the only U.S. aid agency to support both Nationalist and Communist regions during the Chinese Civil War. She was also one of the early advocates for U.S. diplomatic recognition of the People's Republic of China. Marjorie King tells the story of this remarkable woman and brings a unique perspective to the study of modern Chinese history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789629962210
  • Publisher: Chinese University Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/17/2007
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie King, an independent historian, has taught at the Beijing Foreign Affairs College and the China Youth College for Political Science. She is a member of the International Committee in Support of the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives and is a co-director of the Ida Pruitt Memorial Scholarship Project at the Shandan Bailie School. Currently, she teaches at the National Experimental High School in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Introduction     xv
Abbreviations     xxi
Chronology of Ida Pruitt     xxiii
Prologue     1
At Home in China     5
"The Home with the Open Door"; Anna's Story     21
Leaving Home: Ida's Journeys between China and America     33
From "Women's Work for Women" to Social Work: The Social Service Department at Peking Union Medical College     49
Chief of Social Service, Departmental Dowager, and a Dangerous Woman     65
Ida's Open Door in Beijing: Beyond Missionary and Social Worker     83
Writing: "The Road to My Heart"     97
"Gung Ho" for China     117
Organizing in America     137
Danger and Opportunity     155
Liberation     175
China's American Daughter: Missionary and Pilgrim     189
Epilogue     209
Chronology of Modern Chinese History     215
Notes     217
Works Cited     265
Index     283
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