Document Type

Student Research Paper


Fall 2020

Academic Department


Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Steven Nolt


“Just one week ago today we arrived in one of the most ancient and picturesque cities of the world – Peking, North China,” wrote Brethren missionary Ellen Cunningham to her “dear American friends” in 1938. “And just a month ago today we bid farewell to dear old USA which no doubt will change in a good many ways before we set foot on her soil again.” Cunningham was right in thinking about the changes that would transform the United States before she and her husband, Lloyd, would return. What she did not anticipate was how sweeping the changes across China would be in the coming years, how those changes would upend her life, and how long it would be before she could go back to the United States.


Honors Senior Thesis; Honors in the Discipline

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