This seminar will give an account of the work done by medical missionaries in pre-WWII Hong Kong. It will show that these medical missions held conflicting views and pursued competing projects. Some medical missionaries had no choice but to leave their missions; others were able to survive and achieve considerable successes. As part of a larger project of modernization, the Western medicine that medical missionaries brought to Hong Kong connected the community with the churches. Churches became more visible in the community as a result. Yet medical missionaries in Hong Kong, however Western in their ethos, also established and maintained relations with counterparts in other Chrisitan universities and colleges in China. These networks were of importance to the success of medical missions and medical work. All this makes the case of Hong Kong an interesting lens through which to explore notions of Chinese Christianity in an historical perspective. It may also be able to shed light on broader features of Asian Christianity.
Dr. Man-kong WONG is Associate Professor of History at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Formerly, he was the Director of China Studies at HKBU. His research interest covers the history of Christian missions in modern China and the medical history of modern China.
All attendees are invited to join us in the CIW Tea House from 3.30pm for an informal discussion with the guest speaker after the seminar.
The ANU China Seminar Series is supported by the China Institute and the Australian Centre on China in the World at The Australian National University’s College of Asia & the Pacific.