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Relationships in China

Missionaries and Their Close Ties to Chinese Women

 

Alice Browne Frame, clearly well-received, speaks for Yenching College students. Courtesy MHC Archives.

 
 
 
"People are afraid to associate with us; a great change from their former attitude.  Rumors are disquieting and we are a little anxious for the future."(9)

Missionaries were presented with strong challenges in dealing with their desire to contribute towards societal changes in China.  It appears that missionaries were being pulled in two directions: first, towards creating warm and loving relationships with and being well received by the Chinese people; and second, speaking their minds and protesting undesirable Chinese societal norms, such as foot binding and the overall treatment of Chinese women in society. Both of these challenges are easily seen in the papers of Viette Brown Sprague and Alice Browne Frame.

"It is so exhilarating to find I understand a little more of the Chinese from week to week..."
--Alice Browne Frame, 1906 (10)

 

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