China's Christian Colleges: Cross-Cultural Connections, 1900-1950

Synopsis

China's Christian Colleges explores the cross-cultural dynamics that existed on the campuses of the Protestant Christian colleges in China during the first half of the twentieth century. Focusing on two-way cultural influences rather than on missionary efforts or Christianization, these campuses, most of which were American-supported and had a distinctly American flavor, were laboratories or incubators of mutual cultural interaction that has been very rare in modern Chinese history. In this Sino-foreign cultural territory, the collaborative educational endeavor between Westerners and Chinese created a highly unusual degree of cultural hybridity in some Americans and Chinese. The thirteen essays of the book provide concrete examples of why even today, more than a half-century after the colleges were taken over by the state, long-lasting cultural results of life in the colleges remain.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Terrill E. Lautz
  • Jeffrey W. Cody
  • Ryan Dunch
  • Ellen Widmer
  • Edward Yihua Xu
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Stanford, CA
Publication year:
  • 2009