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A letter from MBS to her mother, further explicating the tensions around the proposed Boyd gift of $90,000 for a new women's gymnasium and the condition that the schools merge their administrative departments. She also urges her mother, who was on the Yenching College Committee at home, to inform…
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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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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In this letter to her parents, MBS writes a very detailed description of the political tensions brewing in China. She focuses on war (fighting between Feng and Li Chin-lin) and on the growth of the Anti-Christian movement. The second page features a particularly insightful paragraph about the…
Decade: 1920s
 
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MBS writes to her mother, giving an update on the YWCA women. She critically considers the status of Chinese servants and their quality of life, which she regards as rather inhumane and wonders if it is really "Christian" to give them so little time off and hold such high expectations for constant…
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 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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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 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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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