Cross Culture and Faith: The Life and Work of James Mellon Menzies

By Linfu Dong

© 2005

James Mellon Menzies (1885-1957) was a Canadian engineer, Presbyterian missionary, and archaeologist active in China in the 1920s and 1930s. In a tradition that saw archaeology as a means of gathering artefacts for the collections of Western museums, Menzies believed in collecting for the people of China. He also saw his archaeological work as an extension of his missionary work, connecting, through his discoveries, the religious beliefs of ancient China to those of evangelical Christianity.

In Cross Culture and Faith, Linfu Dong sheds new light on the modern encounter between China and the West through Menzies's life, work, and thought. He elucidates the difficult 'negotiation' processes that Menzies endured on multiple levels and with multiple forces, including Chinese nationalism, Western imperialism, the evangelical Mission, and his own personal interest in Chinese archaeology within that world.

Despite his belief in assuring Chinese artefacts remained in China, some of Menzies's personal collection was donated to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in British Columbia. This has assured his place in the cultural memory of both East and West - appropriate, since his life so often straddled the two worlds.

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In Cross Culture and Faith, Linfu Dong sheds new light on the modern encounter between China and the West through Menzies's life, work, and thought.

Cross Culture and Faith: The Life and Work of James Mellon Menzies

By Linfu Dong

© 2005

James Mellon Menzies (1885-1957) was a Canadian engineer, Presbyterian missionary, and archaeologist active in China in the 1920s and 1930s. In a tradition that saw archaeology as a means of gathering artefacts for the collections of Western museums, Menzies believed in collecting for the people of China. He also saw his archaeological work as an extension of his missionary work, connecting, through his discoveries, the religious beliefs of ancient China to those of evangelical Christianity.

In Cross Culture and Faith, Linfu Dong sheds new light on the modern encounter between China and the West through Menzies's life, work, and thought. He elucidates the difficult 'negotiation' processes that Menzies endured on multiple levels and with multiple forces, including Chinese nationalism, Western imperialism, the evangelical Mission, and his own personal interest in Chinese archaeology within that world.

Despite his belief in assuring Chinese artefacts remained in China, some of Menzies's personal collection was donated to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in British Columbia. This has assured his place in the cultural memory of both East and West - appropriate, since his life so often straddled the two worlds.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 370 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.2in x 9.3in
  • Author Information

    Linfu Dong is an assistant professor in the School of Management at Ocean University of China, Qingdao.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction
    1 Rural Ontario, 1885-1903
    2 Toronto, 1903-1905 21
    3 From Commitment to Departure, 1905-1910
    4 North Henan, 1910
    5 The Early Years, 1910-1917
    6 Somewhere in France, 1917-1920
    7 Rest and Return, 1921-1927
    8 Converts, Education, and Nationalism
    9 The Waste of Yin, 1917-1927
    10 Museums and Collectors
    11 Interlude, 1927-1928
    12 Marking Time, 1930-1931
    13 Next Stage, the 1930s
    14 Mature Archaelogist, the 1930s
    15 Frustrating Exile, 1936-1941
    16 American Interlude and Postwar Hiatus, 1942-1947
    17 The Last Stage, 1948-1957
    18 Conclusion
    Epilogue: James Menzies's Legacy