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By Margaret Prang

A really outstanding individual, Caroline Macdonald (1874-1931) used to be a Canadian girl who spent virtually her complete operating existence in Japan and who performed an important function there in either the institution of the YWCA and in legal reform. a local of Wingham, Ontario, she used to be one of many first ladies to wait the collage of Toronto, the place in 1901 she graduated with honours in arithmetic and physics. yet instead of keep on with a tutorial occupation, she opted in 1904, via her connections with the Presbyterian Church and the YWCA in Canada and the us, to maneuver to Tokyo to paintings as a lay missionary and social employee. through the Nineteen Twenties, she was once the best-known overseas lady in Tokyo. In ’A middle at rest from Itself’ Margaret Prang follows Caroline Macdonald’s existence and profession, concentrating on her paintings in Japan on behalf of incarcerated criminals. operating in most cases with male prisoners and their households, Macdonald turned a world interpreter of the stream for criminal reform paintings for which she remains to be warmly remembered in Japan. She looked herself as a missionary yet used to be additionally hugely serious of a lot missionary endeavour, her personal paintings being extra within the sensible than religious realm. Her demise in 1931 elicited tributes from world wide, rather from Japan. might be the main becoming got here from Arima Shirosuke, the legal governor with whom Macdonald labored so much heavily. Reflecting on her existence, Arima saw that he concept it was once her absolute conviction that each man or woman was once a baby of God and her ’effortless’ perform of that religion that put Macdonald ’beyond each prejudice’ of faith, race, or category. She was once, he acknowledged, ’a middle at rest from itself.’ This e-book throws mild on Japanese-Canadian relatives within the first few many years of this century. Macdonald’s profession unearths the cross-cultural effect of the YWCA in Japan, the position of the Protestant church buildings there, and the evolution of felony reform in Japan and the folks all in favour of it.

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52 The Canadian YWCA, through its emissary Caroline Macdonald, was answering a compelling appeal. In the late autumn of 1904, as she bade farewell to her family, made her way across Canada by train to Vancouver, and boarded the Empress of Japan for the ten-day voyage across the Pacific, Caroline was full of anticipation, curiosity, some anxiety, and much faith in the importance of her venture for the Kingdom of God. Chapter 3 Women's Work for Women' WWHEN THE Empress of Japan docked in Yokohama on 12 December 1904, Caroline was met by three Japanese women in elegant kimono, and by Theresa Morrison, whom the American YWCA had sent to Tokyo a year earlier as an advisor on the establishment of the YWCA in Japan.

27 In the days following the quadrennial, 'the grandeur and the glory of that convention' grew upon Caroline. '29 Now, a year after the Toronto quadrennial, it was Caroline's task to follow up the impact of that gathering in visits to universities and normal schools in central Canada and the Maritimes, and then in Manitoba, where like every other visitor she became enthusiastic about the future of the booming city of Winnipeg and its hinterland, the vast Northwest Territories, where the process of creating the new provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan was beginning.

Janes, the inspirer of the Kumamoto Band. 4 Following an historical survey and a discussion of traditional religions, Griffis described the development of Christian missions in Japan. Not surprisingly, given the major audience for his book, he had much to say about the position of Japanese women. '35 In obedience the Japanese woman accepted the marriage arranged for her and the rule of her mother-in-law thereafter, and waited on her husband's every need. Poor girls were often sold into prostitution or went into it to support their parents and siblings.

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