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To save the women of China from fear, opium and bound feet : Australian women missionaries in early twentieth-century China

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posted on 2010-12-01, 00:00 authored by Sarah Paddle
This article explores the experiences of Western women missionaries in a faith mission and their relationships with the women and children of China in the early years of the twentieth century. In a period of twenty years of unprecedented social and political revolution missionaries were forced to reconceptualise their work against a changing discourse of Chinese womanhood. In this context, emerging models of the Chinese New Woman and the New Girl challenged older mission constructions of gender. The Chinese reformation also provided missionaries with troubling reflections on their own roles as independent young women, against debates about modern women at home, and the emerging rights of white women as newly enfranchised citizens in the new nation of Australia.

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Journal

Itinerario : international journal on the history of European expansion and global interaction

Volume

34

Issue

3

Season

Special Issue 03 (Missions and Modernity)

Pagination

67 - 82

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Location

Cambridge, England

ISSN

0165-1153

eISSN

2041-2827

Language

eng

Notes

Published online 05 January 2011

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Cambridge University Press

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