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By A. Hamish Ion

Drawing on either Canadian and eastern assets, this publication investigates the lifestyles, paintings, and attitudes of Canadian Protestant missionaries in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan (the 3 major constituent components of the pre-1945 jap empire) from the arriving of the 1st Canadian missionary in East Asia in 1872 till 1931. Canadian missionaries made an important contribution to the advance of the Protestant flow within the eastern Empire. but their impact additionally prolonged a ways past the Christian sphere. via their academic, social, and clinical paintings; their position in introducing new Western principles and social goals; and their outspoken feedback of the brutalities of jap rule in colonial Korea and Taiwan, the actions of Canadian missionaries had an impression on many various points of society and tradition within the eastern Empire. Missionaries dwelling within the jap Empire served as a hyperlink among voters of Japan and Canada and acted as depended on interpreters of items jap to their domestic elements.

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Irwin Scheiner, in looking at the Japanese Christian movement in the 1870s and 1880s, noted: as a result of its cultural identification with the West, Christianity was sought or disdained as national feeling toward things Western either rose or fell. 5 The experience of Canadian missionaries bears this out: the growth of the Christian movement reflected the pendulum swing of changing attitudes toward the West. Fortunately, during the 1870s when the pioneer Canadian missionaries arrived, national feeling in Japan created an atmosphere that was open to the Christian message.

The minimal amount of trade between Canada and Japan meant that economic and political involvement did not supply a solid basis upon which to build mutual understanding. Similarly, the deliberate policy to restrict Japanese immigration in order to preserve Canada as a "white man's country" prevented the creation of a Japanese immigrant community in Canada which could act as an alternative means of cultural diffusion between the two countries. Missionaries thus provided the chief links between Canadians and East Asians.

The Methodist and Presbyterian Churches in Canada, as well as the Canadian Anglicans, supported Missionary Societies that were an integral part of their churches, which meant that the Missionary Societies were responsible to the highest body of their respective churches. Male and female Missionary Societies were financed and organized independently. 12 The major decision-making body in all the Missionary Societies was the Foreign Missions Committee or Board, normally a large committee of thirty or forty members with both lay and clerical representatives.

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