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The publisher gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Sue Tsao Endowment Fund in Chinese Studies of the University of California Press Foundation. 9780520273115_PRINT.indd a 9780520273115_PRINT.indd a 27/04/13 3:46 PM 27/04/13 3:46 PM 9780520273115_PRINT.indd b 9780520273115_PRINT.indd b 27/04/13 3:46 PM 27/04/13 3:46 PM The Missionary’s Curse and Other Tales from a Chinese Catholic Village 9780520273115_PRINT.indd i 9780520273115_PRINT.indd i 27/04/13 3:46 PM 27/04/13 3:46 PM 9780520273115_PRINT.indd ii 9780520273115_PRINT.indd ii 27/04/13 3:46 PM 27/04/13 3:46 PM asia: local studies/global themes Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Kären Wigen, and Hue-Tam Ho Tai, Editors 1. Bicycle Citizens: The Political World of the Japanese Housewife, by Robin M. LeBlanc 2. The Nanjing Massacre in History and Historiography, edited by Joshua A. Fogel 3. The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam, by Hue-Tam Ho Tai 4. Chinese Femininities/Chinese Masculinities: A Reader, edited by Susan Brownell and Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom 5. Chinese Visions of Family and State, 1915–1953, by Susan L. Glosser 6. An Artistic Exile: A Life of Feng Zikai (1898–1975), by Geremie R. Barmé 7. Mapping Early Modern Japan: Space, Place, and Culture in the Tokugawa Period, 1603–1868, by Marcia Yonemoto 8. Republican Beijing: The City and Its Histories, by Madeleine Yue Dong 9. Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-Port China, by Ruth Rogaski 10. Marrow of the Nation: A History of Sport and Physical Culture in Republican China, by Andrew D. Morris 11. Vicarious Language: Gender and Linguistic Modernity in Japan, by Miyako Inoue 12. Japan in Print: Information and Nation in the Early Modern Period, by Mary Elizabeth Berry 13. Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination, by Anne Allison 14. After the Massacre: Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai, by Heonik Kwon 15. Tears from Iron: Cultural Responses to Famine in Nineteenth-Century China, by Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley 16. Speaking to History: The Story of King Goujian in Twentieth-Century China, by Paul A. Cohen 17. A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600–1912, by Kären Wigen 18. Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China, by Thomas S. Mullaney 19. Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan, by Andrew Gordon 20. Recreating Japanese Men, edited by Sabine Frühstück and Anne Walthall 21. Selling Women: Prostitution, Markets, and the Household in Early Modern Japan, by Amy Stanley 22. Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan’s Great Earthquake of 1923, by Gennifer Weisenfeld 23. Taiko Boom: Japanese Drumming in Place and Motion, by Shawn Bender 24. Anyuan: Mining China’s Revolutionary Tradition, by Elizabeth J. Perry 25. Mabiki: Infanticide and Population Growth in Eastern Japan, 1660–1950, by Fabian Drixler 26. The Missionary’s Curse and Other Tales from a Chinese Catholic Village, by Henrietta Harrison 9780520273115_PRINT.indd iii 9780520273115_PRINT.indd iii 27/04/13 3:46 PM 27/04/13 3:46 PM 9780520273115_PRINT.indd iv 9780520273115_PRINT.indd iv 27/04/13 3:46 PM 27/04/13 3:46 PM The Missionary’s Curse and Other Tales from a Chinese Catholic Village Henrietta Harrison university of california press Berkeley • Los Angeles • London 9780520273115_PRINT.indd v 9780520273115_PRINT.indd v 27/04/13 3:46 PM 27/04/13 3:46 PM University of California Press, one of the most distinguished university presses in the United States, enriches lives around the world by advancing scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Its activities are supported by the UC Press Foundation and by philanthropic contributions from individuals and institutions. For more information, visit www.ucpress. edu. University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California University of California Press, Ltd. London, England© 2013 by The Regents of the University of California Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Harrison, Henrietta. The missionary’s curse and other tales from a Chinese Catholic village / Henrietta Harrison. pages cm. — (Asia: local studies, global themes; 26) Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn 978-0-520-27311-5 (cloth : alk. paper)— isbn 978-0-520-27312-2 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Catholic Church—China—Shanxi Sheng— History. 2. Shanxi Sheng (China)—Religious life and customs. 3. Shanxi Sheng (China)— Folklore. I. Title BX1666.S53H37 2013 282′.5117—dc23 2012051058 Manufactured in the United...