Divine domesticities : Christian paradoxes in Asia and the by Hyaeweol Choi, Margaret Jolly

By Hyaeweol Choi, Margaret Jolly

Divine Domesticities: Christian Paradoxes in Asia and the Pacific fills a massive lacuna within the scholarly literature on missionaries in Asia/Pacific and is transnational heritage at its most interesting. Co-edited by way of eminent students, this multidisciplinary quantity, an outgrowth of a number of conferences/seminars, significantly examines quite a few encounters among western missionaries and indigenous girls within the Pacific/Asia … Taken as an entire, this can be a thought-provoking and an imperative reference, not just for college students of colonialism/imperialism but additionally for these folks who've an curiosity in transnational and gender heritage generally. The chapters are very basically written, attractive, and remarkably available; the tales are compelling and the examine is thorough. The illustrations are both riveting and the bibliography is intensely worthwhile. —Theodore Jun Yoo, background division, college of Hawai’i The editors of this selection of papers have performed a superb task of making a coherent set of case reviews that tackle the various affects of missionaries and Christianity on ‘domesticity’, and accordingly at the girls and kids who have been assumed to be the rightful population of that sphere … The creation to the quantity is superbly written and units up the remainder of the amount in a finished method. It explains the book’s goal to boost theoretical and methodological concerns through exploring the function of missionary encounters within the improvement of recent domesticities; displaying the service provider of indigenous ladies in negotiating either switch and continuity; and supplying a variety of case stories to teach ‘breadth and complexity’ and the neighborhood and nationwide specificities of engagements with either missionaries and modernity. My view is that every one 3 goals are good and really fulfilled. —Helen Lee, Head, Sociology and Anthropology, l. a. Trobe college, Melbourne

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They stand together in a row with the white women at either end, “enclosing” the unnamed Filipinas who are simultaneously subjects of Christian conversion and agents changing their clothes and changing their lives. Other ways of knowing are employed elsewhere in the book. Anna-Karina Hermkens’ research was enhanced by working with the materiality of museum collections as well as texts, photographs and ethnographic observation and interviews. Margaret Jolly has learnt a great deal from looking at collections of Hawaiian quilts in museums and galleries in Honolulu and through observing, touching and wearing both indigenous “grass skirts” and introduced “island dress” in Vanuatu.

The Missionary Home as a Pulpit Figure 2. Missionary home interior, featuring unidentified woman Source: The Reverend Corwin & Nellie Taylor Collection, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. In the early period of the mission, missionaries often lived in houses that were in the style of the Korean upper class (yangban) and families of wealth, with some minor interior renovations such as installing glass windows, which did not exist in the traditional Korean house. However, it was not long before they began to build Western-style houses for their residences (Figure 1).

Missionary home interior, featuring unidentified woman Source: The Reverend Corwin & Nellie Taylor Collection, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. In the early period of the mission, missionaries often lived in houses that were in the style of the Korean upper class (yangban) and families of wealth, with some minor interior renovations such as installing glass windows, which did not exist in the traditional Korean house. However, it was not long before they began to build Western-style houses for their residences (Figure 1).

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