Frida Nilsen



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Early Life: education; called by Norwegian Lutheran Church of America to be teacher and principal of I Kwang High School in Sinyang, Honan; journey to China.

China Experiences: initial experiences with Marie Anderson at station in Sinyang; description of language school in Peking; living and working in Peking; brief history of Sinyang; lifestyle in Sinyang; experiences as principal, teacher and bookkeeper; experiences working with thousands of flood refugees; reasons for keeping servants; description of students; bandits raid the mission compound; memories of Marie Anderson; memories of Feng Yu-hsiang's lifestyle; memories of bound feet; evangelizing in Sinyang; sudden deaths in the missionary community; trip to Mongolia, 1922; mission conferences during the summer of 1923; the text of My Experience With Bandits, a pamphlet written by a missionary kidnapped by bandits, 1923; description of winter meeting of executive committee of the mission, 1924; the trip home from China; the role of single women missionaries; relationships among various denominations in Honan; general description of missionaries; comparison of government and mission schools.

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Midwest China Center


Saint Paul


Norwegian Lutheran Church of America, I Kwang High School, Sinyang, Honan, Peking, Marie Anderson, flood refugees, bandits, mission, Feng Yu-hsiang, bound feet, Mongolia, missionary, single women, denominations, schools

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