臺勢教會 The Taiwanese Making of the Canada Presbyterian Mission

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Vernon Press, Apr 6, 2021 - History - 278 pages

"臺勢教會 The Taiwanese Making of the Canada Presbyterian Mission" explores the Canadian Presbyterian Mission to Northern Taiwan, 1872-1915. The Canada Presbyterian Mission has often been portrayed as one of the nineteenth- century’s most successful missions, and its founder, George Leslie Mackay, has been called the most successful Protestant Missionary of all time. Mark Dodge challenges the heroic narrative by exploring the motives and actions of the Taiwanese actors who supported and established the mission. Religious leaders, teachers, doctors, and businessmen from Northern Taiwan collaborated to build a strong and vital mission, whose phenomenal success brought fame and status to Mackay and their cause. In turn, this status provided a protective space in which these Taiwanese patrons were able to exert significant economic and political autonomy in spite of pressures from competing colonial interests.

This book will be of particular interest to students and historians of nineteenth-century East Asia as well as scholars of comparative colonialism, with a focus on missionary history and cultural colonialism.

 

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Contents

The Arrival
1
Preaching in a Hostile Land
19
The First Mission Station
37
The Medical Mission
53
The Brilliant Tiun Girl of Go KhoKhin
71
Narrating the Life of a Superstar
91
The SelfSupporting Mission
109
Giam and Tans Miracle Mission
127
Mackays Helpers
145
The Japanese Wildcard
165
The TaiwanesePowered Mission
189
Appendices
201
Notes
203
Bibliography
231
Index
245
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Mark A. Dodge grew up in a small New England fishing village. He studied history and education at the University of New Hampshire, and has been a teacher of history in Buffalo, NY for twenty years. He holds a PhD in History from SUNY Buffalo. His research focuses on cultural interactions in colonial spaces.

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