Tiuⁿ Chhang-Miâ (Minnie Mackay, 1860?–1925)
Life in Taiwan's Contested Colonial Space
Author(s): Mark Dodge

Discover the life and enduring influence of Tiun Chhang-miâ (1860?-1925), also known as Minnie Mackay, in the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church—key to understanding how Taiwan’s democratization came about and where it is heading.

Collection: Asian Studies
 Publication Date  Available in all formats
ISBN: 9781915734167
  Pages: 208

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Explore the overlooked life of Tiun Chhang-miâ, the Taiwanese woman behind the nineteenth century's most accomplished missionary, George Leslie Mackay.

Tiun Chhang-miâ (1860?-1925), a Fujian-Taiwanese girl also known as Minnie Mackay, was a key figure in nineteenth century Canadian-Taiwanese relations and the first local woman to marry a Christian missionary, George Leslie Mackay. This biography tracks Tiun’s history from being a child bride to a heroine devoted to education for women and the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church.

Mark Dodge delves into how Taiwanese lives were torn between harsh predicaments, and the example Tiun set as an imagined ideal of new womanhood in contested colonial space. The complex legacy left by Tiun continues, for better or worse, to be felt, in Taiwan and elsewhere, while that island nation fights for its own identity and existential rights during the twenty-first century.

A tale of resilience, this book is suitable reading for students of Taiwan, Asian Studies, Taiwanese history, the history of Christianity and missions, Asian women's history, Gender Studies, Religious Studies, and Colonial Studies.

Chapter 1 Taiwan: a contested colonial space
Chapter 2 Womanhood in nineteenth-century Taiwan
Chapter 3 From “Little Onion” to “Brilliant One”: becoming the woman who made Mackay a superstar
Chapter 4 The native mission’s gynocentric imaginary
Chapter 5 Tiu n’s first world-tour
Chapter 6 The Sino-French War of 1884
Chapter 7 A cooler homecoming
Chapter 8 You cannot live here anymore
Chapter 9 Quiet resignation
Glossary
Suggested Discussion Topics
References
Further reading 1a
Further reading 1b
Further reading
List of figures and tables
Figure 1 Tiu n Chhang-miâ’s self-written marriage contract
Figure 2 The earliest known photograph of Tiu n Chhang-miâ
Table 1 Number of female converts in northern Taiwan
Table 2 Indigenous baptisms, March 1886
Figure 3 Portrait of Mrs Mackay from The Presbyterian Record
Figure 4 Photograph of G. L. Mackay’s funeral, June 5, 1901
Figure 5 Opening ceremony for the Mackay Hospital in Taihoku
Figure 6 The Mackay family in the summer of 1925
Figure 7 Tiu n Chhang-miâ’s funeral procession

Mark Dodge PhD is an instructor of History at SUNY at Buffalo, a writing consultant at Mcmaster University, and a history teacher for the Halton Raakel School. He is the author of The Taiwanese Making of the Canada Presbyterian Mission (2020).

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Explore the overlooked life of Tiun Chhang-miâ, the Taiwanese woman behind the nineteenth century's most accomplished missionary, George Leslie Mackay.

Tiun Chhang-miâ (1860?-1925), a Fujian-Taiwanese girl also known as Minnie Mackay, was a key figure in nineteenth century Canadian-Taiwanese relations and the first local woman to marry a Christian missionary, George Leslie Mackay. This biography tracks Tiun’s history from being a child bride to a heroine devoted to education for women and the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church.

Mark Dodge delves into how Taiwanese lives were torn between harsh predicaments, and the example Tiun set as an imagined ideal of new womanhood in contested colonial space. The complex legacy left by Tiun continues, for better or worse, to be felt, in Taiwan and elsewhere, while that island nation fights for its own identity and existential rights during the twenty-first century.

A tale of resilience, this book is suitable reading for students of Taiwan, Asian Studies, Taiwanese history, the history of Christianity and missions, Asian women's history, Gender Studies, Religious Studies, and Colonial Studies.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Taiwan: a contested colonial space
Chapter 2 Womanhood in nineteenth-century Taiwan
Chapter 3 From “Little Onion” to “Brilliant One”: becoming the woman who made Mackay a superstar
Chapter 4 The native mission’s gynocentric imaginary
Chapter 5 Tiu n’s first world-tour
Chapter 6 The Sino-French War of 1884
Chapter 7 A cooler homecoming
Chapter 8 You cannot live here anymore
Chapter 9 Quiet resignation
Glossary
Suggested Discussion Topics
References
Further reading 1a
Further reading 1b
Further reading
List of figures and tables
Figure 1 Tiu n Chhang-miâ’s self-written marriage contract
Figure 2 The earliest known photograph of Tiu n Chhang-miâ
Table 1 Number of female converts in northern Taiwan
Table 2 Indigenous baptisms, March 1886
Figure 3 Portrait of Mrs Mackay from The Presbyterian Record
Figure 4 Photograph of G. L. Mackay’s funeral, June 5, 1901
Figure 5 Opening ceremony for the Mackay Hospital in Taihoku
Figure 6 The Mackay family in the summer of 1925
Figure 7 Tiu n Chhang-miâ’s funeral procession
About The Author

Mark Dodge PhD is an instructor of History at SUNY at Buffalo, a writing consultant at Mcmaster University, and a history teacher for the Halton Raakel School. He is the author of The Taiwanese Making of the Canada Presbyterian Mission (2020).

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