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The First Chinese AmericanThe Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo$
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Scott D. Seligman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139897

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.001.0001

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The Arid Land of Heathenism (1847–67)

The Arid Land of Heathenism (1847–67)

(p.1) 1 The Arid Land of Heathenism (1847–67)
The First Chinese American

Scott D. Seligman

Hong Kong University Press

Wong Chin Foo (also known as Wong Sa Kee in his boyhood) was given over by his aged and destitute father to Christian missionaries in Shandong to raise. This chapter centres on how he grew up in a Caucasian family, received a western education and was baptized as a Christian. It also glances at how China was dominated by foreign powers in the two Opium Wars in the 19th century and how Christianity began to take root in China.

Keywords:   Wong Chin Foo, Opium Wars, Christianity, Missionaries, Shandong, China, Chinese American

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