Scenes in China: or Sketches of the Country, Religion and Customs of the Chinese. THE LATE HENRIETTA SHUCK.
Scenes in China: or Sketches of the Country, Religion and Customs of the Chinese.

Scenes in China: or Sketches of the Country, Religion and Customs of the Chinese.

Philadelphia. American Baptist Publication Society. 1853. Stock ID #168032

Black & white engraved frontispiece and engraved vignettes throughout the text. 252pp, some damp staining and browning mainly to the front & rear endpapers and page edges, original cloth binding worn and marked, decorative gilt spine worn at head & tail. Small octavo. 15.2 x 9.5cm. Binding sound.

A charming account written by the first American female missionary to China and the first Western woman to live in Hong Kong where she died in 1836. Her interest in China is evident on each page with details on many aspects of Chinese life including the language, temples, supersition, reverence for the Emperor, theology, anecdote of Confucius, opium, edible bird nests, preaching, pagodas, burials, Chinese New Year, imperial ploughing, imperial mourning and more.

'Henrietta's great desire was to give the benefits of education to the neglected women of China, but so little were the girls esteemed that the parents would not allow them these benefits. She found she could only get girls by accepting boys and insisting that girls should be admitted with them. When the children were given to her, Henrietta demanded that they should stay with her till they were twenty-one, but after a few months the relatives often took the children away, to Henrietta's sorrow. One girl who had shown promise was carried off, married to a worthless man who ill-treated her; her feet were cruelly bound, so that her health suffered, and she was upbraided because she would not bow down to idols. Such were the appalling difficulties of educational work in a land where regular education for women was unheard of.' Marjorie Dawes: Baptist History Homepage.

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