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The Chinese Sisters of the Precious Blood and the Evolution of the Catholic Church


Part of the Christianity in Modern China book series (CMC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Cindy Yik-yi Chu
    Pages 1-31
  3. Cindy Yik-yi Chu
    Pages 33-65
  4. Cindy Yik-yi Chu
    Pages 67-92
  5. Cindy Yik-yi Chu
    Pages 93-118
  6. Cindy Yik-yi Chu
    Pages 119-144
  7. Cindy Yik-yi Chu
    Pages 145-170
  8. Cindy Yik-yi Chu
    Pages 171-195
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 197-207

About this book


This book traces the origins of the Chinese Sisters of the Precious Blood in Hong Kong and their history up to the early 1970s, and contributes to the neglected area of Chinese Catholic women in the history of the Chinese Catholic Church. It studies the growth of an indigenous community of Chinese sisters, who acquired a formal status in the local and universal Catholic Church, and the challenge of identifying Chinese Catholic women in studies dealing with the Chinese Church in the first half of the 20th century, as these women remained 'faceless' and 'nameless' in contrast to their Catholic male counterparts of the period. Emphasizing the intertwining histories of the Hong Kong Church, the churches in China, and the Roman Catholic Church, it demonstrates how the history of the Precious Blood Congregation throws light on the formation and development of indigenous groups of sisters in contemporary China.


Catholic Church China Catholicism Catholic sisters Nuns Hong Kong Catholic history Women’s history Gender studies Precious Blood Sisters Chinese history Hong Kong history Indigenization of the Catholic Church Local studies Cross-cultural studies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryHong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloonHong Kong

About the authors

Cindy Yik-yi Chu is Professor of History at Hong Kong Baptist University. She has published a number of books on the Catholic Church and the Catholic sisters in China and Hong Kong, such as Catholicism in China, 1900-Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Chinese Sisters of the Precious Blood and the Evolution of the Catholic Church
  • Authors Cindy Yik-yi Chu
  • Series Title Christianity in Modern China
  • Series Abbreviated Title Christianity in Modern China
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-1852-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9462-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-1853-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 207
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Religion and Gender
    History of China
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