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Author Sasaki, Motoe, 1965- author.

Title Redemption and revolution : American and Chinese new women in the early twentieth century / Motoe Sasaki.

Publication Info. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2016.


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Description 1 online resource (viii, 225 pages) : illustrations, map.
Series The United States in the world
United States in the world.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-216) and index.
Contents Introduction : the new woman and world history -- New women in the civilizing mission -- Science as the key to modern progress -- United States internationalism and Chinese modernity -- Awash in the storm of national revolution -- Divergent paths of historical progress -- Epilogue : lost in the paradigm of world history.
Note Print version record.
Summary In the early twentieth century, a good number of college-educated Protestant American women went abroad by taking up missionary careers in teaching, nursing, and medicine. Most often, their destination was China, which became a major mission field for the U.S. Protestant missionary movement as the United States emerged to become an imperial power. These missionary women formed a cohort of new women who sought to be liberated from traditional gender roles. As educators and benevolent emancipators, they attempted to transform Chinese women into self-sufficient middle-class professional women just like themselves. As Motoe Sasaki shows in Redemption and Revolution, these aspirations ran parallel to and were in conflict with those of the Chinese xin nüxing (New Women) they encountered.The subjectivity of the New Woman was an element of global modernity expressing gendered visions of progress. At the same time it was closely intertwined with the view of historical progress in the nation. Though American and Chinese New Women emphasized individual autonomy in that each sought to act as historical agents for modern progress, their notions of subjectivity were in different ways linked to the ideologies of historical progress of their nations. Sasaki's transnational history of these New Women explores the intersections of gender, modernity, and national identity within the politics of world history, where the nation-state increased its presence as a universal unit in an ever-interconnecting global context.
Subject Feminism -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Feminism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Women missionaries -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Missions, American -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Women college teachers -- China -- History -- 20th century.
China -- Intellectual life -- Western influences.
HISTORY -- United States -- 20th Century.
Feminism. (OCoLC)fst00922671
Intellectual life -- Western influences. (OCoLC)fst01353342
Missions, American. (OCoLC)fst01023860
Women college teachers. (OCoLC)fst01177488
Women missionaries. (OCoLC)fst01178158
China. (OCoLC)fst01206073
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Sasaki, Motoe, 1965- Redemption and revolution. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2016 9780801451393 (DLC) 2016012387 (OCoLC)944956420
ISBN 9781501706288 (electronic bk.)
1501706284 (electronic bk.)
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