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Protestant Medical Missionary Experience and Dilemma Under the Japanese in Occupied China

Chatterton, Jocelyn (2013) Protestant Medical Missionary Experience and Dilemma Under the Japanese in Occupied China. In: Missionaries at War: The Impact of Global Conflict on Christian Missions in the Twentieth Century, 9 March 2013, German Historical Institute, London. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Life was challenging enough for missionaries as Third-Party Nationals in Japanese occupied China but medical missionaries had to face additional dilemmas and tensions. For example: Did operating on a Japanese officer's wife support Japan's war effort? Was it fair to coerce Chinese staff to assist when they regarded the operation as an act of collaboration bearing in mind Chiang Kaishek had publicly stated there was no grey area; his people were either with him or with the Japanese? Was it ethical to use an internment camp's limited medical supplies (donated by the British Residents' Association and the International Red Cross of China ) upon a Chinese worker employed by the Japanese? It was dilemmas such as these that placed apolitical medical missionaries at odds with their Hippocratic Oath and their sympathy for the Chinese people.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
Keywords: China History, Missionaries in China, history of medicine, Christianity, War of Resistance, Sino-Japanese conflict
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Depositing User: Jocelyn Chatterton
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2013 10:41
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/16920

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