A world of crisis and progress: the American YMCA in Japan, by Jon Thares Davidann

By Jon Thares Davidann

3 similar issues weave in the course of the adventure of the yank YMCA missionaries and eastern Christians among 1890-1930: the relationship among nationwide identification and Christianity, ensuing conflicts among those Christians, and an alternating feel of main issue and growth. within the Nineteen Twenties, tensions among american citizens and eastern leaders led the yankee YMCA missionary move to reevaluate its function and compelled it clear of nationalism.

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It was a call to greater urgency and discipline, and an antidote to apathy.  . It is not narrow or exclusive. "26 Thus, the slogan evoked the same sense of urgency and opportunity, crisis and progress, which the missionary writers above identified. In addition, it helped join together Protestant Christianity at home, becoming a powerful unifier of missionary discourse in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Both evangelical premillennialists and postmillennial missionary supporters rallied around the watchword in the 1890s.

And Christian progress took the form of a commitment to the American national religious ideal of conservative evangelical Christianity within the American YMCA. 7 Partha Chatterjee has suggested that nationalism among Asian new middle-class intellectuals in the nineteenth century was characterized by tension between the attraction of a modern progressive West and one's own cultural identity. " This aptly describes the goals of Japanese Christians in the 1890s. They became innovators, attempting to combine Christianity with their own cultural traditions.

The evaluation pointed to excessive nationalism on the part of both Japanese Christians Page 25 and American missionaries as a major cause of friction in the Japanese YMCA. The constant conflicts had weakened the American YMCA mission to Japan, and consequently, the mission proved to be unsustainable in the midst of this rushing cross-cultural current. Although the YMCA attempted to reenergize its missionary arm in the 1930s by reconceptualizing its cultural intrusion in the form of universal modernity, this attempt also failed.

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