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The Memoirs of Jin Luxian
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Jin Luxian is considered by many to be one of China’s most controversial religious figures. Educated by the Jesuits, he joined the Society of Jesus and was ordained priest in 1945 before continuing his studies in Europe. In 1951 he made the dangerous decision to return to the newly established People’s Republic of China. He became one of the many thousands of Roman Catholics who suffered persecution. Convicted of counter-revolutionary activities and treason, he was imprisoned for 27 years and only released in 1982. His subsequent decision to accept the government’s invitation to resume his prior role as head of the Shanghai Seminary and then assume the title of Bishop of Shanghai without Vatican approval shocked many Catholics. Now, some thirty years later, still serving as Bishop and regarded as one of the leading figures in the Chinese Catholic Church, Jin recounts formative experiences that provide essential insight into the faith and morality that sustained him through the turbulent years of the late 20th Century. In this volume of memoirs Jin recalls his childhood and education, his entry into the Society of Jesus and formation as a priest, his return to China and imprisonment and, finally, his release and return to Shanghai.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Translator’s Note
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Part I: Family
  2. pp. 5-6
  1. 1. Youth
  2. pp. 7-14
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  1. 2. Pudong
  2. pp. 15-18
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  1. 3. Going to School
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. 4. The Chinese Catholic Church in Those Days
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. 5. St. Ignatius College (1926–32)
  2. pp. 25-28
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  1. 6. Great-Uncle Jin Fushan
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. 7. Two Elder Sisters
  2. pp. 31-34
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  1. Part II: Seminary Life
  2. pp. 35-36
  1. 8. Seminary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1932–35)
  2. pp. 37-42
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  1. 9. Seminary of the Sacred Heart of Mary (1935–37)
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. 10. St. Ignatius College (1937–38)
  2. pp. 47-50
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  1. 11. Joining the Society of Jesus
  2. pp. 51-56
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  1. 12. Taking First Vows
  2. pp. 57-60
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  1. 13. School of Philosophy (1941–42)
  2. pp. 61-70
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  1. 14. Studying Theology (1942–46)
  2. pp. 71-74
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  1. 15. Subei (1946–47)
  2. pp. 75-84
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  1. Part III: Life as an Overseas Student
  2. pp. 85-86
  1. 16. Travel to Europe
  2. pp. 87-92
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  1. 17. Tertianship in France (1947–48)
  2. pp. 93-104
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  1. 18. Learning English
  2. pp. 105-112
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  1. 19. Gregorian University
  2. pp. 113-116
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  1. 20. Two Eminent Persons
  2. pp. 117-120
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  1. 21. A Few of My College Friends
  2. pp. 121-126
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  1. 22. Archbishop Paul Yu Bin
  2. pp. 127-130
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  1. 23. Necessary Measures inthe Society of Jesus: Visitor Burckhardt
  2. pp. 131-134
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  1. 24. Vacation in Switzerland, Austria and West Germany
  2. pp. 135-144
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  1. 25. My Second Year in Rome
  2. pp. 145-148
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  1. Part IV: Returning Home
  2. pp. 149-150
  1. 26. Acting on Orders
  2. pp. 151-156
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  1. 27. Reporting to the Diocese
  2. pp. 157-160
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  1. 28. The Shanghai Diocese after 1949
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. 29. Various Political Movements
  2. pp. 165-176
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  1. 30. Xuhui Seminary
  2. pp. 177-180
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  1. 31. Anti-Imperialism Patriotic Movement
  2. pp. 181-186
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  1. 32. The Four Roles
  2. pp. 187-198
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  1. 33. Gong Pinmei
  2. pp. 199-202
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  1. Part V: Life in Jail
  2. pp. 203-204
  1. 34. My First Sight of Prison (1955–60)
  2. pp. 205-224
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  1. 35. Public Trial and Sentencing (1960)
  2. pp. 225-228
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  1. 36. Jail in Shanghai (1960–62)
  2. pp. 229-234
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  1. 37. Foreign Language Translator, Qincheng Prison (1963–67)
  2. pp. 235-246
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  1. 38. The Fushun War Criminals Management Centre (1967–73)
  2. pp. 247-254
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  1. 39. Return to Qincheng and Resumption of Translation Work (1973–75)
  2. pp. 255-258
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  1. 40. The No. 4 Re-education through Labour Camp in Henan Province (1975–79)
  2. pp. 259-264
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  1. 41. The End of the ‘Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution’
  2. pp. 265-268
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  1. 42. Hebei No. 1 Jail (1979–82)
  2. pp. 269-276
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  1. 43. Friends Come from Afar
  2. pp. 277-282
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  1. 44. My Return to Shanghai
  2. pp. 283-290
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  1. Index of Names
  2. pp. 291-296
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  1. Photos
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  1. Maps
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