Chinese Women and Christianity 1860-1927 / Edition 1

Chinese Women and Christianity 1860-1927 / Edition 1

by Kwok Pui-LAN
     
 

ISBN-10: 155540670X

ISBN-13: 9781555406707

Pub. Date: 01/28/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Chinese theologian Kwok Pui-lan draws on a wide variety of archival material to reconstruct the life of Chinese women in the church. She analyzes their participation in social reform, and looks at their relationship to the feminist movement in China. Compared to their Chinese sisters, Christian women had more prolonged exposure to Western civilization through the

Overview

Chinese theologian Kwok Pui-lan draws on a wide variety of archival material to reconstruct the life of Chinese women in the church. She analyzes their participation in social reform, and looks at their relationship to the feminist movement in China. Compared to their Chinese sisters, Christian women had more prolonged exposure to Western civilization through the Christian Church, mission schools, and Christian benevolence. Their responses, shows Kwok, provide rare information on how Chinese women reacted to foreign influences and religion in particular. At the same time, Kwok's study broadens our understanding of how Christianity adapts to and functions in a totally new cultural context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555406707
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Series:
AAR Academy Series, #75
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
Abbreviationsix
Introduction1
I.Women, Christian Mission, and the Chinese Context7
Women's Popular Religious Practices8
Barriers to Mission Work among Women11
Woman's Work of the Missions15
Chinese Women and Women Missionaries18
II.The Feminization of Christian Symbolism29
The Chinese Term for God31
God the Father38
Jesus and the Salvation Story42
Jesus and Women47
Eve and Mary51
III.Women's Religious Participation and Leadership65
Women Joining the Church67
The Segregation of the Sexes and Church Life70
Women's Religious Activities74
Female Religious Leadership80
The Struggle for Recognition in the Church86
IV.Christian Women and Social Reform101
From Conversion to Social Reform103
Social Reform in Action109
The Anti-Footbinding Movement110
Western Medicine and Health Campaigns116
The Woman's Christian Temperance Movement120
The Young Women's Christian Association126
The Reform Impulse and Chinese Politics132
V.Women's Consciousness and Faith147
Women's Identity and Consciousness149
Women's Issues and Problems155
Women and Social Change162
Women's Faith and Religious Quest167
Women and the Church173
Conclusion187
Bibliography195
Glossary221

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