Donald Macinnis



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Early Life: family background; education; Wesley Foundation experiences.

China Experiences: journey to Yangkow, Fukien, as a college student, to teach English at Anglo-Chinese College, 1940-1941; description of living conditions, activities, and school in Yangkow; description of journey to America, 1941; enlists in Air Force in 1942 and spends year in intensive Chinese language study; returns to China as officer in the Office of Strategic Services; experiences on special mission in Fukien; returns to China, as Methodist missionary, to teach at Fukien Christian University (FCU) in Foochow; political unrest among student body of FCU; contacts with foreigners outside mission community; living conditions at FCU; efforts to leave China due to civil war, 1949; memories of Kenneth Scott Latourette; goes to Taiwan as missionary, 1953; beginnings of Methodist church on Taiwan; ecumenical relations in Taiwan; social service projects in Taiwan, including Goodwill Services, and Plummer villages, and a noodle factory; reasons for becoming director of the National Council of Churches' China program; reasons for becoming director of the Midwest China Center; impact of China experiences; memories of missionaries and Chinese Christians.

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Midwest China Center


Saint Paul


Wesley Foundation, Yangkow, Fukien, English, Anglo-Chinese College, Air Force, Chinese, Office of Strategic Services, Methodist, missionary, Christian, University, FCU, Foochow, political unrest, civil war, Kenneth Scott Latourette, Taiwan, ecumenical, social service projects, Goodwill, Plummer, noodle factory, National Council of Churches', Midwest China Center

Midwest China Oral History Interviews