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American Goddess at the Rape of Nanking: The Courage of Minnie Vautrin

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The Japanese army’s brutal four-month occupation of the city of Nanking during the 1937 Sino-Japanese War is known, for good reason, as “the rape of Nanking.” As they slaughtered an estimated three hundred thousand people, the invading soldiers raped more than twenty thousand women—some estimates run as high as eighty thousand. Hua-ling Hu presents here the amazing untold ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published March 29th 2000 by Southern Illinois University Press
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Rowland Bismark
Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it
“Hua-ling Hu has created a powerful, definitive biography of Minnie Vautrin, one of the greatest heroes of World War II. Meticulously researched and poignantly written, American Goddess at the Rape of Nanking describes how a courageous missionary defied the Japanese army to save thousands of Chinese lives—at the eventual cost of her own.”—Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking

“Vautrin, a Midwestern farm girl called to missionary service, devoted her life to the education of Chinese women at G
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the things about the Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, or the Nanjing Incident, depending on whose book you are reading, is that there were a number of Westerners who observed what happened. If all the accounts were limited to the Chinese and the Japanese, the examination of what really happened would be limited to just the two viewpoints.

That here were Westerners present, and that they left behind various writings, and that they were basically neutral at the time (except for one
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Joshua Gates
A quick reselling of the Rape of Nanking, and how Minnie was involved through her missionary work and the school of Gingsin. Minnie, a Michigan native grew into prominence through intellectual stimulation and hard work on the family farm all the while taking care of her siblings and father. The Chinese called her the "Goddess of Mercy," as it reads on her tombstone. She earned this title through twenty eight successful years directing and handling the all girls college of Gingsin. She demonstrat ...more
Monica
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unforgettable story of a brave woman who saved hundreds, perhaps thousands of lives during the Rape of Nanking. Minnnie Vautrin was an American missionary who dedicated her life to educating the women of China - not a popular idea in the early 1900's.

When the Japanese invaded China and began to brutalize the inhabitants of the city of Nanking - murdering over 300,000 civilians and raping thousands of women, Minnie and her women's college became a safe haven for thousands, protecting women fro
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Kristina Wolfe
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Minnie Vautrin is one of my all time heroes. I'd encourage everyone to read this book. They quoted a poem by Ted Malone that I found particularly touching.

A thousand years from this tonight,
When Orion climbs the sky
The same swift snow will still the roofs
The same mad stars run by.
And who will know of China's War
Or poison gas in Spain
The dead...they'll be forgotten, lost,
Whether they lose or gain.
.................................
But only beauty, only truth
Will last a thousand years.


Seul
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A "failure" we could all learn from! Hua-Ling Hu wrote a beautiful book about a wonderful woman with a beautiful soul. Minnie Vautrin shows real courage, even through the words written in the book. I enjoyed learning about Minnie Vautrin and I suggest this book to everyone.
Jessica
"The Courage ofMinnie Vautrin" was an outstanding depiction of Minnie Vautrin's life. However, I thought the beginning parts in which random people discuss Vautrin's legacy was a little unnecessary. I also thought the writing told more than it showed.
Keith
Good story but the writing is a little humdrum, maybe because it was translated from Chinese. Minnie Vautrin was a true hero who saved many people from the depridations of the Japanese invading army.
Cat
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, this book will mention things that may make people uncomfortable. I would still suggest this book to everyone despite that.
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