By Cindy Yik-yi Chu
The Maryknoll Sisters in Hong Kong, 1921-1969: In Love with the chinese language describes the difference of yank girls to cross-cultural occasions in Hong Kong from 1921 to 1969. The Maryknoll Sisters have been the 1st American Catholic group of ladies based for in another country missionary paintings, and have been the 1st American Sisters in Hong Kong. Maryknollers have been self reliant, outgoing, and pleased ladies who have been hugely knowledgeable, and acted in specialist capacities as lecturers, social staff, and scientific body of workers. The statement of this booklet is that the challenge supplied Maryknollers what they'd lengthy desired--equal employment opportunities--which have been in basic terms later emphasised within the women's liberation stream of the Nineteen Sixties.
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Indeed, the first month was lonely and they lacked a sense of direction. The cottage stood facing the harbor, which separated Hong Kong Island from Kowloon Peninsula. It was near the tip of the Peninsula, and one of their activities was to walk along the waterfront “about three minutes’ distance” away. They were homesick. As Mary Paul wrote two weeks later: It is good to be here but we miss every one of you. Poor Sister [Mary] Lawrence missed them hard last night but I think it was because the day brought no diversion.
29 Three months after their arrival, she realized she had no previous examples to follow. Despite her natural leadership qualities, she was uncertain. ”31 The Sisters faced a serious problem—lack of money—and they had to pay their bills. 32 They depended on simplicity and were responsible for their own expenses. The Sisters lived on the money they brought from the Motherhouse; they did typewriting, mimeographing, and dictation for the priests, and received payment in return. 33 They had to pay for the rent, furnishings, and retreat.
19 The Sisters lived in a mostly Portuguese and Chinese area. ”20 In those days, the Chinese word for Sister(s) was gou leung 24 / the maryknoll sisters in hong kong (in Cantonese pronunciation) or guniang (in pinyin), which meant unmarried lady (or ladies). Staying in the cottage, they decided to sell some of the furniture and use a room as the chapel. The convent was not proper without a chapel. Mary Paul asked the bishop for approval, but the initial reply was that they already had two people in one room and they had no space.
The Maryknoll Sisters in Hong Kong, 1921-1969: In Love with the Chinese by Cindy Yik-yi Chu