MISSION IN SUZHOU
Sophie Lanneau

and Wei Ling Girl's Academy

 

Mission in Suzhou

 

MISSION IN SUZHOU
 

Sophie Lanneau

and Wei Ling Girl's Academy

 

by

Li Li

 

(Salem State College, USA)

 

ISBN: 1-889431-57-5

 

 

     This book chronicles the history of Sophie Lanneau, a Southern Baptist missionary from North Carolina and Wei Ling Girl’s Academy, the mission school she created in Suzhou, China.  Li Li writes of the triumphs and difficulties faced as Lanneau and the Chinese women she endeavored to help struggled to bridge the cultural and religious barriers that separated them.  In over forty years of missionary work Lanneau witnessed such major historical events as the Chinese Republican Revolution, the Nationalist Revolution, the Sino-Japanese War, the civil war and the Communist takeover.   Mission in Suzhou recounts the transformation of Chinese society and of its people and explains why this dramatic shift in Chinese goals eventually proved incompatible with Lanneau and Wei Ling Girl’s Academy.
 

 

“A ground breaking study in the use of Chinese Christian archives.  An insightful, thorough, and sensitive examination of the confrontation between a dedicated American missionary and the Chinese people and culture she loved.  Sprightly written, it is for layperson and scholars alike.  It is essential reading for those in women’s studies and missionary history.”

Duane A. Smith
(Fort Lewis College)

“A significant contribution to our understanding of educational missions as practiced in foreign countries by Americans.”

John R. Woodard
(Wake Forest University)

 

     

         Li Li is Associate Professor of History at Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts.  His publications include numerous articles on women’s involvement with Protestant missions in China and several presentations on Chinese-American studies, gender studies, and East Asian history.

 

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