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“To Save the Women of China from Fear, Opium and Bound Feet”1: Australian Women Missionaries in Early Twentieth-Century China

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 January 2011

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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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Copyright © Research Institute for History, Leiden University 2010

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1 China's Millions. Australasian Edition. Henceforth CM Australasian Edition 30:2 (1904), 2.

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