Officers of a French mission in China, circa 1890. Photo: Getty Images Officers of a French mission in China, circa 1890. Photo: Getty Images
Officers of a French mission in China, circa 1890. Photo: Getty Images
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Cranks and eccentrics: the Westerners who tried to assimilate in Asia

  • Foreigners attempting to integrate into Eastern societies have long been seen as odd, from both sides of the ethnic divide
  • Missionaries were an exception, often encouraged by their churches to Orientalise themselves

Officers of a French mission in China, circa 1890. Photo: Getty Images Officers of a French mission in China, circa 1890. Photo: Getty Images
Officers of a French mission in China, circa 1890. Photo: Getty Images
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