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MBS writes to her parents about her plans for the summer, her latest activities, and about the messiness of being considered for the position of Dean of the Women's College.
Decade: 1920s
 
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MBS writes to her mother about going out to dinner with Mr. Murphy, the architect who is doing the new buildings for Yenching. When it is time to to go home for the evening there are rumors about the streets filling with disorderly members of Chang's army so they stay over at a hotel and she returns…
Decade: 1920s
 
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MBS writes to her parents to discuss the end of the semester, the party she attended recently (dressed as a Chinese man), and other things. Ends on an ominous political note.
Decade: 1920s
 
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MBS writes to her mother with a very detailed account of her first visit to a "traditional" Chinese home as a dinner guest, at the house of Mr. Chi.
Decade: 1920s
 
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MBS expresses a wish that Chinese voices be more thoroughly included in Mission meetings. The Mission board wants more control over Yenching and proposes that the school come directly under control of the Board, rather than the North China Mission Board. Sun Yat Sen's public funeral. Negotiating her…
Decade: 1920s
 
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Written to her parents in the heat of civil war, shortly after a violent incident that left several foreigners dead. MBS discusses the distortion of newspaper propaganda on anti-foreign sentiment. She shows frustration at the distortion in the papers against the Chinese and the focus on the…
Decade: 1920s
 
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MBS writes to her parents about seeing horrific images of the damage from WWII in Time and Life magazines, and war-time hardship. She also writes of a fundraiser that the Peking Assocation of University Women held, in the form of a satirical sketch show.
Decade: 1940s
 
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MBS writes to parents to give a daily life update, mainly reflecting on the effects of the war on prices and availability of supplies.
Decade: 1930s
 
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MBS writes to her parents to give an update on two recent student demonstrations, which passed without bloodshed. She reports about daily life during the student strike, and how the students and administration are handling it. She also meditates on the "tremendous psychological barrier between the…
Decade: 1930s