Jewish Wayfarers in Modern China: Tragedy and Splendor is a cross-cultural collection of carefully researched and well-documented biographies of many previously little known Western visitors to China who experienced at first hand China's revolution and rise in the 20th century. Their experiences and insights can help readers to better appreciate the complex situation of modern China today, for they have a timeless quality.
Matthias Messmer was born 1967 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He received his M.A. in Political Science, Law and Economics (St. Gallen) and Ph.D. in Social Sciences (Konstanz). His research is focused on intercultural subjects and topics related to China and Chinese culture. Dr. Messmer is also affiliated with the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, as Senior Research Fellow and his projects include cultural documentation and criticism in the form of writing and photography. He has previously published books (in German) such as Soviet and Post-Communist Antisemitism (1997) and China-West-Eastern Encounters (2007).
Preface and Acknowledgments Names and Orthography Introduction: Individuals, Biographies and Lifeworlds Chapter 1. The Long Established: Jewish Old China Hands I. Descendants: Jews with Sephardi Roots II. Russian Jews Originating from the Czarist Empire Chapter 2. Jewish Travelers: Temporarily and Voluntarily in China I. Journalists II. Couriers, Emissaries and Advisors III. Adventurers and Lone Wolves IV. Diplomats V. Research Travelers and Travel Authors VI. Physicians VII. Independents and Freelancers Chapter 3. Refugees Driven from Europe to the Far East Chapter 4. "Foreign Experts" and Supporters of Mao's Revolution Endnotes Bibliography