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Redemption and RevolutionAmerican and Chinese New Women in the Early Twentieth Century$
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Motoe Sasaki

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451393

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451393.001.0001

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Awash in the Storm of National Revolution

Awash in the Storm of National Revolution

(p.111) Chapter 4 Awash in the Storm of National Revolution
Redemption and Revolution

Motoe Sasaki

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the aftermath of the collapse of the Wilsonian moment and its uneven and gendered effects on American New Women missionaries' enterprises in the Nationalist Revolution period (1924–27). It was at this time that the missionaries came to feel the power of the national revolution movement and found their projects were being reframed within new ideas and articulated in a new vocabulary that had become current in China. In taking such changes into account, they had to interpret and respond to new developments and ultimately reconsider their own perceptions of the United States and the very nature of their existence in China. Local Chinese resistance to their educational projects and institutions directed toward American New Women missionaries also brought into play gender differences and issues among the Chinese themselves and consequently made the difficulties facing the missionaries all the more complex and entrenched.

Keywords:   American New Women, women missionaries, revolution movement, China, gender differences

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