Archives for the ‘China’ Category

Update 5: Everything is politicized, or thought to be: China under missionaries’ observations, 1948-1950

By • Aug 13th, 2019 • Category: China, Honors Thesis, Research

In this update, I want to explore one question which created enormous uneasiness for anyone who are trying to understand Communist China in its earlier years: Is it a totalitarian state abducted by revolutionary fever? For Americans at that time—most of the common people, scholars, journalists and politicians—the answer was Yes. The U.S. was imagining […]

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Update 3: the reasons for American Protestant Missionaries’ to stay in China: a seedbed for later fears and suspicions?

By • Aug 2nd, 2019 • Category: China, Honors Thesis, Research

In the past days I have read American Protestant missionaries’ letters and reports, mostly from mid 1947 to late 1948, about their decisions to leave or stay in China and their comments on Communism in China. It is necessary to look at why missionaries decided to stay when the American Embassy had constantly warned since […]

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Hello, Doggy! Beijing- Week 7

By • Jul 30th, 2019 • Category: Beijing, China, dog, Honors Thesis, Research

Wow, only two more weeks left. The past few weeks have really flown by- far quicker than how it felt at the beginning of the summer. It’s funny how time works. When I first got here, I felt uncertain, lonely, and overwhelmed. That’s probably a given when arriving in a brand new country, not knowing […]

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Update 2: Facts, Rumors, Suspicious Appreciation and Fearful Hopes: Make Sense of History

By • Jul 17th, 2019 • Category: China, history, Honors Thesis, Research

In the past week, I read more historical materials from various mission boards stored at Yale Divinity School Libraries. I mainly examined how American Protestant missionaries perceived the political and social conditions in China, and how they contributed to American images of China from 1945 to 1949. As I wrote in my last update that  […]

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Update 7/15: Between the Two Constitutions

By • Jul 15th, 2019 • Category: China, history, Honors Thesis, Research

  The two major primary documents I located, transcribed, and translated during my archival visit in Beijing were two Chinese constitutions promulgated in 1908 and 1911. The juxtaposition of these codes corroborates China’s political progression in the 1900s, when the country witnessed a constitutionalist reform initiated by the late-Qing regime. Represented democracy and separation of […]

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Update 7/10: Archival Trip to Beijing

By • Jul 13th, 2019 • Category: China, history, Honors Thesis, Research

  Things happened, but I am back from Beijing. The entrance into the China First Historical Archive in Beijing requires an application on arrival, which I did expect but was overly optimistic about. Unlike a visa on arrival, the application does not guarantee the permission of entry. Though seeing a reference letter from a Chinese […]

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Update 1: American Protestant Missionaries’ experiences with Communism in China in the mid-20th century—the Chinese Civil War and Cold War

By • Jul 8th, 2019 • Category: China, history, Honors Thesis, Research

During the past two weeks, I have read scholar works on American images of China and its influence on American diplomatic decisions during the Chinese Civil War between Chinese Communism Party and Chines Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) from 1945 to 1949, and began reading primary sources in Missionary Research Library at Columbia University. These readings illuminate […]

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1 Week Down; So much done, so much to do

By • Jun 25th, 2019 • Category: China, Honors Thesis, Research

Wow, it has already been a week. And what an exhausting week it was. My internship is not one of those “take a backseat, watch the professionals” kind of hands-off internship. Instead, they immediately threw me into the fire with event planning, promotional photography, brewing time, festival service, and video capture. Which is super neat; […]

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Beijing: A few days in

By • Jun 18th, 2019 • Category: Beijing, China, First post, Honors Thesis, Research

I arrived in Beijing late this past Saturday, June 15th. By the time I found myself in my AirBnB apartment at 8 pm, I had been awake for over 24 hours. Turns out I’m bad at sleeping on airplanes! This helped with the jetlag, however, as I was able to crash without much problem. My […]

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Abstract: The American Missionaries’ role in US perception and foreign policy to China during Chinese Civil War, 1945-1949

By • Apr 17th, 2019 • Category: China, history, Honors Thesis, Research

Research Topic: This summer, I will explore a set of related questions centering on the American missionaries’ role in US perception of and foreign policy to China during the Chinese Civil War from 1945 to 1949, also known as the Chinese Communist Revolution. Below are the specific research questions: How American missionaries perceived and understood […]

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