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Thirty Years in Moukden, 1883-1913, Being the Experiences and Recollections of Dugald Christie Paperback – 16 Aug 2009
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This was a tumultuous time in China, and Christie and his colleagues lived in Manchuria through the turmoil of the 1894 Sino-Japanese war, the 1900 Boxer Rebellion, the 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese war and a serious outbreak of plague in 1911. His account covers these topics extensively, as well as the more traditional missionary stories and the work developing medical work in the area. This led in time to the establishment in 1909 of the Mukden Medical College, a connection that is still maintained by the Scottish China Churches Group.
Christie comes across as a keen observer of his Chinese hosts and friends, and appears to have developed very good relations with both successive Viceroys and Governors and with the common people. For example, his chapter 'East and West – mistaken judgements', focusing on differences, alleged and real, between the two cultures, is sensitive and sensible, and (allowing for some differences of time) could almost serve as the basis for a “cross cultural course” today.
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