470 China Review International: Vol. 15, No. 4, 2008 Erik Zürcher, translator. Kuoduo richao: Li Jiubiao's Diary of Oral Admonitions: A Late Ming Christian Journal. Monumenta Serica Monograph Series, vol. 56: 12. Sankt Augustin: Institut Monumenta Serica; Nettetal: Steyler Verlag, 2007. 862 pp. maps, illustrations. Hardcover 80,00, ISBN 978-3-8050-0543-2. W. South Coblin. Francisco Varo's Glossary of the Mandarin Language. Monumenta Serica Monograph Series vol. 53: 12. Sankt Augustin: Institut Monumenta Serica; Nettetal: Steyler Verlag, 2006. 1,033 pp. Hardcover 115,00, ISBN 978-3-8050-0526-5. Both titles under review originated in a specific historical context: the Christian communities of coastal Fujian province between 1630 and the end of the seventeenth century. One is a historical record of the interactions between Chinese converts and their Jesuit interlocutors; the other, a massive Spanish-Mandarin dictionary compiled by Francisco Varo, a Spanish Dominican, who was probably the best linguist of his religious order in Ming-Qing China. Different as they may be, taken together, the two titles reflect details of Catholic missionary life and the cultural interaction between European missionaries and Chinese society that is of wide interests to scholars of China. A Christian convert in the early seventeenth century, Li Jiubiao and his brother Li Jiugong
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Feb 24, 2008
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