"臺勢教會 The Taiwanese Making of the Canada Presbyterian Mission" explores the Canadian Presbyterian Mission to Northern Taiwan, 1872-1915. The Canada Presbyterian Mission has often been portrayed as one of the nineteenth- century’s most successful missions, and its founder, George Leslie Mackay, has been called the most successful Protestant Missionary of all time. Mark Dodge challenges the heroic narrative by exploring the motives and actions of the Taiwanese actors who supported and established the mission. Religious leaders, teachers, doctors, and businessmen from Northern Taiwan collaborated to build a strong and vital mission, whose phenomenal success brought fame and status to Mackay and their cause. In turn, this status provided a protective space in which these Taiwanese patrons were able to exert significant economic and political autonomy in spite of pressures from competing colonial interests.
This book will be of particular interest to students and historians of nineteenth-century East Asia as well as scholars of comparative colonialism, with a focus on missionary history and cultural colonialism.
List of Figures
A Note on the Romanization of Chinese
Introduction: The Miracle Mission
Chapter 1 The Arrival
Chapter 2 Preaching in a Hostile Land
Chapter 3 The First Mission Station
Chapter 4 The Medical Mission
Chapter 5 The Brilliant Tiun Girl of Go Kho-Khin
Chapter 6 Narrating the Life of a Superstar
Chapter 7 The Model of Efficiency: The Self-Supporting Mission
Chapter 8 Giam and Tan’s Miracle Mission
Chapter 9 Mackay’s “Helpers”
Chapter 10 The Japanese Wildcard
Conclusion 臺勢偕番教會: The Taiwanese-Powered Mission
Mark A. Dodge grew up in a small New England fishing village. He studied history and education at the University of New Hampshire, and has been a teacher of history in Buffalo, NY for twenty years. He holds a PhD in History from SUNY Buffalo. His research focuses on cultural interactions in colonial spaces.
Mackay, Presbyterian, Canadian History, Taiwan History, Qing History, Japanese History, Missionary History,
Colonial History, Colonialism, Missiology, Missionary History, East Asia, Transnational History, Pacific History,
Island History, Cultural Imperialism, Imperialism, Religious Studies, Asian Religions, Christianity, Protestantism, Formosa