Date of Award

Spring 1992

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Lillian M. Li

Second Advisor

Alan Berkowitz


In twentieth century China, Christian missionaries’ encounter with the existing society yielded more of an impact in the socio-political sphere of their audience than in their religious sentiment. Schneider argues that missionaries’ attempts to convert women and therefore penetrate the heart of the home turned into a struggle for the self-advancement of women through education, specifically at Ginling College. She also looks at the implications of these educations, most notably the question of cultural imperialism and the political futures of the women. She draws on Ginling College data as well as American Christian archives and a personal interview to craft the context of her thesis.