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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 Making of Bible Women in the Fujian Zenana Mission from the 1880s to the 1950s

The Making of Bible Women in the Fujian Zenana Mission from the 1880s to the 1950s

(p.59) 3 The Making of Bible Women in the Fujian Zenana Mission from the 1880s to the 1950s
Christian Women in Chinese Society

Zhou Yun

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter explores women missionaries from the Church of England Zenana Mission Society and their Bible women in Fujian. It focuses on the intercultural exchange between these two groups of women from entirely different backgrounds from the 1880s to the 1950s, with an aim to address Chinese experience from a transnational perspective. It shows that Bible women were central figures in a process of proselytizing local women and were formed mainly through a series of intercultural communications with their Western mission workers. The author argues that Bible women were the combined historic product of a particular Chinese historical and cultural context and a worldwide evangelical workforce by Western women, developed through transnational interactions and nurtured in a relationship of sisterhood and friendship.

Keywords:   Bible women, Fujian, Church of England Zenana Mission Society, Women missionaries, A transnational approach

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