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Footsteps in deserted valleys : missionary cases, strategies and practice in Qing China
AuthorDe Ridder, Koen
Pub. LocationLeuvenPublisherLeuven University Press/Ferdinand Verbiest Foundation
Date2000Phys. Desc.186 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
LocationHallway CasesCall NumberBV3415.L489 no. 8
Footsteps in deserted valleys : missionary cases, strategies and practice in Qing China / edited by Koen De Ridder.
Includes bibliographical references.

Contents: Introduction / Koen De Ridder -- Conflict, Confusion and Control: Some Observations on Missionary Cases / Ku Wei-ying -- Body and Soul. Professional Health Care in the Catholic Missions in China between 1920 and 1940 / Dries Vanysacker -- A Strategist of Missionary Development in Henan: Bishop Joseph Noé Tacconi (1873-1942) / Angelo S. Lazzarotto -- The Missionary Cases of Taiwan in the Nineteenth Century / Shih Li-lan -- Congo in Gansu (1898-1906): "Missionary versus Explorer/Exploiter" / Koen De Ridder -- Quelques échos des prêtres chinois dans les missions de Scheut / Françoise Aubin.

Publishers note -- 'Sounds of Footsteps in Empty Valleys' (konggu zuyin) is a Chinese expression for persons and things that are not easily met. Western missionaries working in the desolate backwaters of pre-modern China fit this description. In this book scholars from different backgrounds discuss and define various aspects, special characteristics and long-range aims of the Christian apostolate in late Qing and early republican China. The topics merge from church-state relationship, mission administration and social work to the formation, role and feelings of indigenous priests. Among the articles collected in this book are 'Conflict, Confusion and Control. Some Observations on Missionary Cases' by Prof. Dr. Ku Wei-ying (National Taiwan University), 'Body and Soul. Professional Health Care in the Catholic Missions in China between 1920 and 1940' by Dr. Dries Vanysacker (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and 'Quelques échos des prêtres chinois dans les missions de Scheut' by Prof. Dr. Françoise Aubin (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique). By the publication of this book we hope to convince the reader that the development of the Catholic Church in China is an exceptionally interesting and important subject. Yet we also acknowledge that its study is still an 'empty valley' which waits to be filled with the 'sound of footsteps' from a new generation of scholars.

Subject(s)Missions--China--19th-20th centuries
Missions--China--History--Qing dynasty, 1644-1911
Catholic Church--Missions--China--History--19th-20th centuries
Christianity--China--History--19th-20th centuries
SeriesLouvain Chinese studies ; 8
Rec. TypeConference ProceedingsLanguageEnglish, French
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #9603
ISBN9058670228 ; 9789058670229LCCN00356075OCLC44883921