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Christian Women in Chinese SocietyThe Anglican Story$
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Wai Ching Angela Wong and Patricia P. K. Chiu

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455928

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455928.001.0001

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The Study of Chinese Women and the Anglican Church in Cross-Cultural Perspective

The Study of Chinese Women and the Anglican Church in Cross-Cultural Perspective

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Christian Women in Chinese Society

Kwok Pui-lan

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter presents a cross-cultural study of gender, religion, and culture, using the history of Chinese women and the Anglican Church in China as a case study. Instead of focusing on mission history as previous studies usually have done, it treats the missionary movement as a part of the globalizing modernity, which affected both Western and Chinese societies. The attention shifts from missionaries to local women’s agencies, introducing figures such as Mrs. Zhang Heling, Huang Su’e, and female students in mission schools. It uses a wider comparative frame (beyond China and the West) to contrast women’s work by the Church Missionary Society in China, Iran, India, and Uganda. It also places the ordination for the first woman in the Anglican Communion—Rev. Li Tim Oi—in the development of postcolonial awareness of the church.

Keywords:   Florence Li Tim Oi, Gender and mission, Chung Hua Sheng Kung Hui, Women’s work for women, Women’s ordination, Church Missionary Society

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