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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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“A Nation Cannot Rise above Its Women”

“A Nation Cannot Rise above Its Women”

The Social Gospel at St. Hilda’s School for Girls, Wuchang, China, 1929–1937

(p.37) 2 “A Nation Cannot Rise above Its Women”
Christian Women in Chinese Society

Judith Liu

Hong Kong University Press

Founded in 1875 originally as the Jane Bohlen School for Girls in Wuchang, Hubei Province, St. Hilda’s would become known as a Christian “oasis” in Central China. Behind the school’s compound walls, St. Hilda’s created a space where new gender roles and expectations for Christian women could be nurtured through the fusion of the social gospel with the dramatic historical events of the period. St. Hilda’s illuminates the liberating qualities of a faith-based education, the impact of a complex and communal adaptation of Christianity, and the power of interpersonal encounter for both teachers and students.

Keywords:   Cultural fusion, Dorothea Kingsley Wakeman, Episcopalian boarding schools, Public Registration of foreign schools, St. Hilda’s School for Girls, Self-sufficiency and independence, Social Gospel, Wuchang, Hubei

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