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dmp ([personal profile] dmp) wrote2010-07-18 10:20 am

Beyond Victoriana #34 Fascinating Women: Dr. Yamei Kin — Guest Blog by Sandrine Thomas

Note: This week's contribution is a cross-post from Sandrine Thomas of Edwardian Promenade. Enjoy!



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Dr. Yamei Kin (1864-1934) was a contradiction. The product of American-upbringing and Chinese heritage, she held the traditional values of the turn-of-the-century, but was both modern and fiercely feminist. Her parents were progressive, especially her mother, who, despite submitting to the traditional practice of foot-binding, was educated at seminary and chose her own husband. Tragedy struck when a fever epidemic swept her birthplace of Ning-po (Ningbo), leaving Yamei Kin orphaned at the age of three. She was adopted by Dr. D. B. McCartee and his wife, American missionaries who moved to Japan shortly thereafter. The McCartee’s were progressive in their own right, taking care to raise their new daughter with an awareness of her heritage.



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