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Chinese basket babies : a German missionary foundling home and the girls it raised (1850s-1914)

Author: Julia Stone
Publisher: Wiesbaden, Germany : Otto Harrassowitz GmbH, 2014. ©2014
Series: Opera sinologica, 26.
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Although the term and its meaning are little known today, everyone knew what foundlings were in the 19th century. They were unwanted infants abandoned by their parents. The plight of such children in China, believed by some to be eaten alive by wild animals, raised an outcry in parts of Western Europe at that time. Chinese Basket Babies is a study of a home intended to rescue these children, almost all baby girls,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Biography
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Stone, Julia.
Chinese basket babies : a German missionary foundling home and the girls it raised (1850s-1914).
Wiesbaden, Germany : Otto Harrassowitz GmbH, ©2014
xxxiii, 237 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Stone
ISBN: 9783447192927 3447192925
OCLC Number: 880452362
Description: 1 online resource (272 pages).
Contents: Cover; Title Pages; Table of Contents; Body; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Bethesda: A Gendered History; 1.1 From the Cradle to the Grave; 1.1.1 Founding Fathers and their Beliefs; 1.1.2 Early Missionaries and Growth; 1.1.3 Periodic Overview of Bethesda's Development; 1.1.4 Closure; 1.2 German Women to the Fore: Opening the Doorsfor Single Missionaries; 1.2.1 Factors Promoting the German Women's Missionary Movement; 1.2.2 Breaking into the Public Sphere: Spaces Exploited by the BFM; 1.2.3 Female Founders of the BFM: Warriors of Emancipation or Faith?; 1.2.4 BFM Missionaries. 1.2.5 Conclusion: Bethesda as a Colonial Farm2 Inside Bethesda: Social Engineering Using; 2.1 Foundling Homes as Disciplinary Institutions; 2.1.1 Ordered Lives; 2.1.2 Enclosure and Isolation; 2.1.3 Surveillance, Discipline and Punishment; 2.1.4 Docile Bodies the Pietist Way: Self Surveillance; 2.2 Bethesda's Products: Constructions of the Ideal Christian Woman; 2.2.1 Xianqi Liangmu; 2.2.2 Xianqi Liangmu or Career Women? Bethesda's Education Policy; 2.3 Conclusion: Docile Bodies or Chinese Christians?; 2.3.1 Bethesda as a Disciplinary Institution; 3 Marriage: Bethesda and Chinese Society. 3.1 From the Outside In: Marriage as a Tool of Re-Integration3.1.1 Foundlings: Th e Outsiders; 3.1.2 Bethesda: An Outside Space; 3.1.3 Re-Entry through Marriage; 3.2 Marriage the Bethesda Way; 3.2.1 Freedom of Choice; 3.3 Finding Grooms; 3.3.1 Selection Process; 3.3.2 Rating "Sons-in-law"; 3.4 Girls' Preferences; 3.4.1 Hakka Unpopularity; 3.4.2 Diff erence in Values with Missionary "Parents"; 3.5 Th e Chosen Ones: Bethesda "Sons-in-law"; 3.5.1 Backgrounds and Status; 3.5.2 Attitude towards Bethesda Girls; 3.5.3 Conclusion: Bad Choices. 4 For Richer for Poorer: Bethesda Brides and their Husbands4.1 Characters and Destinies: Bethesda Girls' Lives; 4.1.1 Methodological Considerations; 4.1.2 Judging the "Good" and the "Bad"; 4.2 Tales of the "Bad"; 4.2.1 Runaways; 4.2.2 Rebels; 4.2.3 Difficult; 4.2.4 Penitent; 4.2.5 Slow Learners; 4.3 Lives of the "Good"; 4.3.1 Pious; 4.3.2 Conformists; 4.3.3 Intelligent; 4.3.4 Role Models; 4.4 Conclusion: Bethesda's Unwritten Marriage Policy; 4.4.1 Missionary Power and Everyday Tactics; 4.4.2 Bethesda's Hidden Agenda; 5 New Women: Bethesda "Daughters" Making their Own Fortunes. 5.1 Constructions of Women and Gender Roles in Late Qing China5.1.1 Southern Guangdong as a Transformative Space; 5.2 Jobs for the Girls: Th e 1890s as a Watershed Decade; 5.2.1 Forces for Change at Bethesda; 5.3 New Spaces for Bethesda Girls; 5.3.1 Missionary Expansion as Job Creation; 5.4 Bethesda Girls Pioneering New Roles; 5.4.1 Single by Choice; 5.4.2 Married Women as Breadwinners; 5.4.3 Career Widows; 5.5 Bethesda's New Women; 5.5.1 Kang Aide and Bethesda's Pioneers; 5.5.2 Destiny Makers; 5.5.3 Kong Tai Heong; 5.6 Conclusion: New Spaces and Forging Roles for Chinese Women.
Series Title: Opera sinologica, 26.
Responsibility: Julia Stone.

Abstract:

Although the term and its meaning are little known today, everyone knew what foundlings were in the 19th century. They were unwanted infants abandoned by their parents. The plight of such children in China, believed by some to be eaten alive by wild animals, raised an outcry in parts of Western Europe at that time. Chinese Basket Babies is a study of a home intended to rescue these children, almost all baby girls, started by one of the earliest German Protestant women's missionary associations in the early 1850s. Established in the British colony of Hong Kong, Findelhaus Bethesda (Berli.

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