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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
 
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MBS writes to her parents of trouble with the police coming to arrest a student for suspected Communist leanings. She serves on the Committee on Appointments and writes of tiresome happenings there. She regrets that they will be losing an excellent physical director who has just been engaged to be…
Decade: 1930s
 
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MBS writes to her mother summarizing recent political turmoil. A certain freshman's father was Chief Secretary of Chang Tso-lin, Dictator since June 1927. The faculty could always tell when there was national trouble coming because he would pull her out of school and send her back when things are…
Decade: 1920s
 
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MBS describes two violent incidents: in the first (the "Taku incident of last week"), Feng's army had closed off a channel to the port which led to a miscommunication and military clash with two Japanese destroyers. In the second, a student demonstration led to a violent outburst in the streets,…
Decade: 1920s
 
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MBS considers options for her future, and whether there will be a place for the foreigner in mission education in China in the new future. She does not doubt that there is a place for her in administration (possibly even as the next Dean of the Women's College, which she feels ambivalent about), but…
Decade: 1920s
 
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MBS writes to her parents and mentions a suicide at the men's college that has the campus upset, a conference she recently attended on Public Worship, her plans to return to the US the following summer to study (perhaps at Columbia). Also includes, in response to a book she recently received in the…
Decade: 1920s
 
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This document is a rough draft of the position of the Women's College faculty in the first stage of the debate about whether or not to merge the Yenching Women's College and the Men's College into a single financial entity in exchange for a large cash gift. Their opinion is not favorable. The draft…
Decade: 1920s