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Reshaping the BoundariesThe Christian Intersection of China and the West in the Modern Era$
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Song Gang

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390557

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390557.001.0001

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Local Magistrates and Foreign Mendicants

Local Magistrates and Foreign Mendicants

Chinese Views of Shanxi’s Franciscan Mission during the Late Qing

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Reshaping the Boundaries

Anthony E. Clark

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter explores the drastic change of Chinese views on the Franciscan mission in Shanxi before and after the Boxer Uprising. The author makes use of archival sources from late Qing provincial and missionary ecclesial collections to put together a two-sided narrative of what occurred during the fevered pitch of Chinese-Western antagonisms. By comparing two obviously opposite images of Christianity in late Qing political discourses, one as a heterodox religion and the other as an orthodox and victimized religion, the author brings to light a vivid example of how the same religious identity might be misread and represented in a sequence of ideologically sensitive cross-cultural exchanges.

Keywords:   Franciscan Mission in Shanxi, Boxer Uprising; Yuxian (毓賢 1842–1901), Cen Chunxuan (岑春煊 1861–1933)

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