The Newsletter 65 Autumn 2013

Missionary archaeology on Republican China's southwestern frontier

Jeff Kyong-McClain

Protestant missionaries played important roles in the transfer, alteration and creation of academic disciplines between China and the West in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This essay considers the work of three missionaries instrumental in the development of the modern discipline of archaeology in early twentieth century Sichuan province. It highlights the importance, but also the ambiguities of their work, caught as they were between amateur and professional, and imperialist and nationalist.

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