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Redemption and Revolution: American and Chinese New Women in the Early Twentieth Century

Motoe Sasaki


In the early twentieth century, a good number of college-educated Protestant American women went abroad by taking up missionary careers in teaching, nursing, and medicine. Most often, their destination was China, which became a major mission field for the U.S. Protestant missionary movement as the United States emerged to become an imperial power. These missionary women formed a cohort of new women who sought to be liberated from traditional gender roles. As educators and benevolent emancipators, they attempted to transform Chinese women into self-sufficient middle-class professional women jus ... More

Keywords: Protestant American women, Chinese women, professional women, xin nüxing, New Women, gender, modernity, national identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451393
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451393.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Motoe Sasaki, author
Hosei University