The first scholarly work on the subject by leading scholars in the field, Missions Étrangères de Paris (MEP) and China examines the variety of ways in which MEP missionaries complemented and complicated Catholic Church and French engagement with Chinese society. Key players in the Church’s overseas missions in the Far East, many MEP missionaries spent their entire lives working with ordinary Chinese. This volume explores the proactive engagement of MEP missionaries in Bible translation and cultural accommodation, their evangelization efforts in local communities, and the interaction between MEP representatives and various local groups. Each study in this book responds to one or more of the major themes in the history of Christianity in China that include conflicts, accommodations, indigenization, imperialism, and nationalism. Contributors are François Barriquand, Jean Charbonnier, Yanrong Chen, Lina Guo, Zhijie Kang, Ji Li, Matthieu Masson, Jean-Paul Wiest, Qing Wu, Hongyan Xiang, Ernest Young, and Aidong Zhao.
Ji Li, is Assistant Professor of History at The University of Hong Kong. She has published monographs and articles in English and Chinese, including God’s Little Daughters: Catholic Women in Nineteenth-Century Manchuria (Washington, 2015).
Acknowledgments Notes on Contributors List of Figures and Tables
Introduction: Placing the Société des Missions Étrangères de Paris (MEP) in Late Imperial and Modern China Ji Li
Part 1 Cultural accommodation in the 17th and 18th centuries
1 Nobis Solis Sinensibus: When Jean Basset Identified Himself as Chinese in Order to Promote the Term Shangdi François Barriquand
2 Telling Biblical Stories in Chinese: A Case Study of Two Gospel Texts Yanrong Chen
3 The Formulation and Implementation of Rules for Virgins and its Influence on the Historical Process of Chinese Church Zhijie Kang and Qing Wu
Part 2 Intensification of Evangelization in the Early and Mid-19th Century
4 Roman Catholic Presence in Guangdong at the Time of the Return of the MEP in the Mid-19th Century Jean-Paul Wiest
5 La Mort d’ Auguste Chapdelaine : Prétexte d’ une Guerre, Occasion du Protectorat Religieux de la France en Chine Matthieu Masson
Part 3 Expansion of MEP Presence in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries
6 Bishop Guillemin and the Creation of MEP’s Real Estate Empire in South China Hongyan Xiang
7 MEP Missionary Educational Endeavors in Modern Southwest China: A Case Study of Latin School and Kanghua Elementary School in Kangding Aidong Zhao
8 Le Procès en diffamation de Paul-Hubert Perny: Un aperçu de la sinologie française dans la deuxième moitié du XIXe siècle Lina Guo
Conclusion: Vignettes of Responses by MEP Missionaries to China, 1886–1936 Ernest P. Young
Appendix: MEP in China: A Chronology from the 17th Century to the Present Jean-Pierre Charbonnier Index
Will appeal to those interested in religion, church history, missionary studies, and Christianity in China.