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Doctor of Philosophy, (Sociology)
Study Completed: 2013
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
"Kiwis" in the Middle Kingdom: A sociological interpretation of the history of New Zealand Missionaries in China from 1877 to 1952 and beyond
Ms Yuan investigated the lives of the 254 men and women who went to China as missionaries from Aotearoa/New Zealand. These missionary experiences in China play an important role in forming New Zealand’s perception of Asia. Ms Yuan presented a sociological interpretation of this historical phenomenon, which has not yet been closely examined. The dramaturgical narration began from the back-stage of New Zealand as a sending country and then extended to the front-stage of China as a mission field, with various interludes. The post-China developments of ex-China missionaries in both New Zealand and overseas show that their experiences in China had a life-long impact on them, which has extended inter-generationally to their families. Ms Yuan’s own subjectivity as a Chinese immigrant who came to the Christian faith in New Zealand also comes into play in this academic analysis.
Professor Peter Lineham
Dr Warwick Tie
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