Research on the Role of Missionaries in the Chinese Anti-footbinding Movement
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- Footbinding; Anti-footbinding Movement; Missionaries; Domestic Human Rights Issues; Late Qing China
The long-formed Chinese custom of footbinding first started to decline in the late Qing period, with western missionaries playing a part in it. However, exactly how important were the missionaries in this anti-footbinding movement, and what can be learnt from their role in the movement, remained insufficiently discussed. Through analyzing primary sources from and/or about missionary societies in late Qing China, this paper concludes that the missionaries were important in raising the footbinding issue to the Chinese public, but were unable to make any actual impacts on the abolition of the practice, because they failed to gain the support from the powerful Chinese elites. The paper then uses the partial failure of the missionaries to reflect the role of today’s NGOs in solving domestic human rights issues, and points out that the NGOs’ impacts in such issues would be limited unless they have the support from the domestic forces.
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TY - CONF AU - Jiaying Huang PY - 2022 DA - 2022/12/29 TI - Research on the Role of Missionaries in the Chinese Anti-footbinding Movement BT - Proceedings of the 2022 6th International Seminar on Education, Management and Social Sciences (ISEMSS 2022) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 3700 EP - 3706 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/978-2-494069-31-2_435 DO - 10.2991/978-2-494069-31-2_435 ID - Huang2022 ER -