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American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan$
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Elisheva A. Perelman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528141

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528141.001.0001

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“The Great Gulf Fixed”

“The Great Gulf Fixed”

Rudolf Teusler and William Vories

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American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan

Elisheva A. Perelman

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter VIII looks at two examples of individual missionaries who, although originally part of larger foreign, Protestant organizations, sought to pursue their own agenda in Japan. The first, Rudolf Bolling Teusler, successfully ran St. Luke’s Hospital, ministering to the foreign and domestic population of Tokyo alike. In doing so, he was able to provide a service to the urban poor offset by the funds of the wealthier ex-patriot community in the Kantō region. William Merrill Vories, an evangelical teacher originally, branched out in the Kansai region, opening a fruitful architectural firm as well as a pharmaceutical industry. With the money from these endeavors, he opened his Omi Mission and Brotherhood’s sanatorium for the diseased. Both men utilized native assistance, but both successfully prevailed in the moral enterprise by finding a niche that suited the environments, thus not depending solely on the government for continued assistance. Similarly, they were able to transform the question of cui bono to who should benefit?

Keywords:   Rudolf Teusler, William Vories, Medical missionary

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