Cora Martinson



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Early Life: family background; parents receive call for China from the Mission Board of the Norwegian Lutheran Church and leave for China, 1902; hardships faced by family during early years in China; example of Chinese response to missionaries in Kioshan; death and memories of father; struggles of her mother after her father's death; experiences with bandits; memories of Agnes Kittelsby; extra-curricular activities and other memories of ASK; contacts with Chinese during time spent at ASK; values gained from childhood experiences in China; memorable people of childhood years; employment in China after graduating from ASK; description of mother's later activities in China; higher education.

Return to China: language school experience after return to China, 1937; memories of Dr. John Sung; wartime experiences in Kioshan; mission work in Junan with brother during wartime; memories of Bible women; the death of a missionary; Agnes Smedley visits Junan; decides to leave Junan and the journey out of China, 1942; returns to China, 1947; political unrest due to Chinese civil war; response to the work of missionaries.

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Midwest China Center


Saint Paul


Norwegian Lutheran Church, Kioshan, father, mother, Agnes Kittelsby, ASK, childhood, John Sung, wartime, missionary, Junan, Bible women, Agnes Smedley, civil war

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