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“His Dominion” and the “Yellow Peril” - Protestant Missions to Chinese Immigrants in Canada, 1859-1967

“His Dominion” and the “Yellow Peril”

Protestant Missions to Chinese Immigrants in Canada, 1859-1967

By Jiwu Wang
Subjects Religion, Canadian History
Series Editions SR Hide Details
Hardcover : 9780889204850, 204 pages, May 2006

Table of contents

Table of Contents for
“His Dominion” and the “Yellow Peril”: Protestant Missions to Chinese Immigrants in Canada, 1859–1967 by Jiwu Wang

Acknowledgements

List of Tables

Introduction

Chapter 1: Chinese Immigrants and Their Lives in Canada

Chapter 2: The Individual Missionary Efforts to Reach Chinese Immigrants in Canada since 1859

Chapter 3: The Establishment of the Missions: The Organized Work among the Chinese from 1885 to 1923

Chapter 4: Crisis and Development: Missions from 1923 to 1967

Chapter 5: Response to Chinese Immigrants and the Motives and Methods of the Protestant Missions

Chapter 6: Chinese Response to the Protestant Missions

Conclusion

Notes

References

Index

Description

A history of Chinese immigrants encounter with Canadian Protestant missionaries, “His Dominion” and the “Yellow Peril”: Protestant Missions to Chinese Immigrants in Canada, 1859-1967, analyzes the evangelizing activities of missionaries and the role of religion in helping Chinese immigrants affirm their ethnic identity in a climate of cultural conflict.

Jiwu Wang argues that, by working toward a vision of Canada that espoused Anglo-Saxon Protestant values, missionaries inevitably reinforced popular cultural stereotypes about the Chinese and widened the gap between Chinese and Canadian communities. Those immigrants who did embrace the Christian faith felt isolated from their community and their old way of life, but they were still not accepted by mainstream society. Although the missionaries’ goal was to assimilate the Chinese into Anglo-Saxon Protestant culture, it was Chinese religion and cultural values that helped the immigrants maintain their identity and served to protect them from the intrusion of the Protestant missions.

Wang documents the methods used by the missionaries and the responses from the Chinese community, noting the shift in approach that took place in the 1920s, when the clergy began to preach respect for Chinese ways and sought to welcome them into Protestant-Canadian life. Although in the early days of the missions, Chinese Canadians rejected the evangelizing to take what education they could from the missionaries, as time went on and prejudice lessened, they embraced the Christian faith as a way to gain acceptance as Canadians.

Reviews

``This is one of the major studies on the history of Protestant missions to the Chinese in Canada.''

- Alan L. Chan, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Vol. 39, #3, 2007

``“His Dominion” and the “Yellow Peril” is a solid work grounded in church and archival research ... [and] is the first book-length study on an important chapter of Chinese Canadian history, the history of the church in Canada, and Canadian history at large.''

- Wing Chung Ng, Studies in Religion, Volume 36, Numbers 3-4, 2007