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Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

Karen J. Leong

in The China Mystique

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244221
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938632 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520244221.003.0002
Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

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Pearl Sydenstricker Buck grew up in China. Nonetheless, she was an American, owing to her parents' decision to return to the United States in order that their second child be born on American soil. This decision guaranteed Buck U.S. citizenship and allowed her to live in a country that was not her own, and to teach the Chinese about a religion that was not their own. During her formative years, Buck knew China as reality and the United States as reflected in the memories and conversations of others. As a child, her family worked and socialized with other American missionaries. This community was united by their Christian faith and by the belief that Christianizing the Chinese was their divine appointment. As a young child within the Chinese community of American missionaries, Buck also absorbed the American missionary discourse of orientalism.

Keywords: China; United States; missionary; Christian; Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

Chapter.  19238 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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