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Book of the Month: Christian Women in Chinese Society: the Anglican Story

Each month, we will feature a book from the Lumina College Library handpicked by our librarian. Our Book of the Month for January is:



Title: Christian Women in Chinese Society: The Anglican Story

Editors: Wai Ching Angela Wong and Patricia P. K. Chiu


The Anglican Story expands on the long-standing debates about whether Christianity is a collaborator in or a liberating force against the oppressive patriarchal culture for women in Asia... The education provided to Chinese women by missionaries was expected to turn them into good wives and mothers, but knowledge empowered the students, allowing them to become full participants not only in the Church but also in the wider society. Together, the Western female missionaries and the Chinese women whom they trained explored their newfound freedom and tried out their roles with the help of each other.

These developments culminated in the ordination of Florence Li Tim Oi to priesthood in 1944, a singular event that fundamentally changed the history of the Anglican Communion. At the heart of this collection lies the rich experience of those women, both Chinese and Western, who devoted their lives to the propagation of Anglicanism across different regions of mainland China and Hong Kong.

About the editors

Wai Ching Angela Wong is the vice president of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. She has been a longtime faculty member of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has published widely in the areas of gender, culture, and religion.

Patricia P. K. Chiu is an honorary assistant professor in the History Department at the University of Hong Kong. Her research explores the intercultural history of women in education and missionary activity.

Guy Merchant is Professor of Literacy in Education at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He is widely published and known internationally for his work on literacy and digital technology.


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