EAST-WEST SCHOLARS IN DIALOGUE: Ricci Institute Research Seminar II
The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at Boston College presents two research seminars in February 2023, which will be delivered by the two Luce postdoctoral fellows in residence during the spring semester. Based on different historical studies, the two presentations will offer an opportunity for academic exchange among scholars today who are interested in the study of the history of Christianity in China and in the larger historical context of modern global history. The seminars are free and open to faculty and students at Boston College, and all interested scholars from other institutions.
Seating is limited. Please RSVP by February 15, 2023 at: email@example.com with the subject as: RSVP to 2023 East-West Scholars in Dialogue series.
SEMINAR II: February 28 (Thursday), 11:00 am – 12:00 noon.
Title: Community and Conflict: Recovering the Lives of Four Chinese Sisters in American Missions in West Hunan, 1924-1951
Speaker: Dr. WANG Lang 王浪, Associate Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology
Abstract: My presentation uncovers the forgotten lives of four Chinese Sisters of two religious orders, the Sisters of Charity of Convent Station, New Jersey and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Pennsylvania. While American Sisters from these two orders were sent to West Hunan from the United States between 1924 and 1951 following a papal decree issued by Pope Benedict XV in 1919, most of the Chinese Sisters joined the Orders in China itself. Based on archival sources from the two orders of Sisters and articles published in The Sign magazine, my research traces the religious and personal lives of the four Chinese Sisters during the three decades while the missions in West Hunan were primarily conducted by American and European missionaries. This research seeks to identify and define the particular roles played by the Chinese Sisters, including their religious lives, mission responsibilities, and professional activities in the missions. The perception of the Chinese Sisters by the American Sisters, and the manner in which the former acted as a bridge between foreign missionaries and local Chinese women will also be discussed. Ultimately, my research seeks to examine and understand the complex role that the Chinese Sisters played during the early Republican Era. They were often caught between the anti-colonial, anti-imperialistic, and anti-Christian sentiments of their fellow countrymen and their own relationship as Chinese to their native culture and Catholic faith.
Tuesday, February 28 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ricci Institute Conference Room, Boston College 2125 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02135