China Interrupted Hardback

Japanese Internment& the Reshaping of a Canadian Missionary Community

by Sonya Grypma;

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China Interrupted

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This is the story of the richly interwoven lives of Canadian missionaries and their China-born children (mishkids), whose lives and mission were irreversibly altered by their internment as "enemy aliens" of Japan from 1941 to 1945. Over three hundred Canadians were among the 13,000 civilians interned by the Japanese in China. "China Interrupted" explores the experiences of a small community of Canadian missionaries who worked in Japanese-occupied China and were profoundly affected by Canada's entry into the Pacific War. It critically examines the fading years of the missionary movement, beginning with the perspective of Betty Gale and other mishkid nurses whose childhood socialisation in China, decision to return during wartime, choice to stay in occupied regions against consular advice, and response to four years of internment reflect the resilience, fragility, and eventual demise of the China missions as a whole. "China Interrupted" provides insight into the many ways in which health care efforts in wartime China extended out of the tight-knit missionary community that had been established there decades earlier.Urging readers past a thesis of missions as a tool of imperialism, it offers a more nuanced way of thinking about the relationships among people, institutions, and nations during one of the most important intercultural experiments in Canada's history.

China Interrupted by Sonya Grypma was published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in August 2012. The ISBN for China Interrupted is 9781554586271.

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Details for China Interrupted

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherWilfrid Laurier University Press (August 2012)
Number of Pages315
Thickness25 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4030635
Page last updated 4th March 2012
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