By Hyaeweol Choi, Margaret Jolly
Divine Domesticities: Christian Paradoxes in Asia and the Pacific fills an immense lacuna within the scholarly literature on missionaries in Asia/Pacific and is transnational historical past at its most interesting. Co-edited via eminent students, this multidisciplinary quantity, an outgrowth of numerous conferences/seminars, seriously examines a number of encounters among western missionaries and indigenous girls within the Pacific/Asia … Taken as a complete, it is a thought-provoking and an integral reference, not just for college students of colonialism/imperialism but additionally for these folks who've an curiosity in transnational and gender background typically. The chapters are very basically written, attractive, and remarkably available; the tales are compelling and the study is thorough. The illustrations are both riveting and the bibliography is very worthwhile. —Theodore Jun Yoo, background division, collage of Hawai’i The editors of this choice of papers have performed a very good activity of making a coherent set of case reports that deal with the varied affects of missionaries and Christianity on ‘domesticity’, and for that reason at the girls and youngsters who have been assumed to be the rightful population of that sphere … The creation to the amount is superbly written and units up the remainder of the quantity in a finished approach. It explains the book’s goal to strengthen theoretical and methodological concerns via exploring the position of missionary encounters within the improvement of recent domesticities; displaying the organisation of indigenous ladies in negotiating either swap and continuity; and delivering quite a lot of case reports 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 actually fulfilled. —Helen Lee, Head, Sociology and Anthropology, los angeles Trobe college, Melbourne
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37 Divine Domesticities In a 1931 article in The Korea Mission Field, Mattie Noble wrote with pride that “the Christian home cannot hide its light. ”31 She describes running into a Korean man who had visited her house only once twenty years prior. ”32 To Noble, her own home was no longer a private space for the exclusive use of her family. Rather it was a public space, a model and a laboratory for the training of Korean converts and employees. Early on, she envisioned the missionary family serving as an ideal for Koreans to look up to and emulate.
35 Noble asserted that “the home shapes the civilization. ”36 This presumed influence emanating from the missionary home was possible in part thanks to the servants and maids they hired locally. In his account of 31 Mattie Wilcox Noble, “The missionary home,” The Korea Mission Field 27(4) (1931): 75–77. 32 Noble, “The missionary home,” p. 76. 33 Mrs. M. Sharrocks, “Work among Korean women,” The Korea Mission Field 2(2) (1905): 33–35. 34 Mattie Noble’s journal, 1 February 1897. 35 Noble, “The missionary home,” pp.
28 In the long-held tradition of arranged marriage, a union between a man and a woman was not a matter of the two individuals but of their families. The union was determined entirely by the parents. One can find a certain paradox in the missionary critique of arranged marriage in Korea, in that missionaries themselves were often constrained by familial or congregational pressures in seeking their own marital partners. Many married hastily prior to their departure to the mission field. Indeed, single and widowed missionaries often found their spouses in the same mission field while working.