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Frederick--The Life of My Missionary Grandfather in Manchuria
Author Mark O'Neill
Publisher 三聯書店(香港)有限公司
ISBN 9789620432002
Classification 傳記 > 宗教人物傳記 > 天主教及基督教人物傳記
Price HK$158.00
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Frederick O’Neill, an Irish Presbyterian missionary, lived for forty-five years in Faku, a small town in Manchuria, northeast China. From 1897 until his expulsion by the Japanese army in 1942, he witnessed and reported the extraordinary events that convulsed China – the Boxer Rebellion, the Great Manchurian Plague, the overthrow of the Qing dynasty and the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. He also served with the China Labour Corps in France in World War One.

Mark, O’Neill, his grandson, traces his footsteps and presents an eloquent account of a man in a largely forgotten page in history. From his abundant upbringing in Britain, to the culture shock he experienced upon arriving in Manchuria, to receiving the Wen-Hu medal for his work with the CLC in World War One, the author pays tribute to his grandfather’s legacy in Frederick.


Mark O'Neill,Born in London in 1950 and educated at New College, Oxford University, Mark O’Neill has worked in Asia since 1978, in Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, China and Japan, for BBC, Reuters, the South China Morning Post and other media. Since 2006, he has lived in Hong Kong. He has written three books, including Serving with Compassion: the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. He lived in Beijing and Shanghai for more than sixteen years, giving him the opportunity to visit Faku and collect the material for this book. Now he works as an author, journalist and teacher, based in Hong Kong. He speaks and writes Chinese but not with the learning and eloquence of his grandfather.

Preface How it all began... 6 History and Culture of Faku 20

Chapter 1 From Belfast to Manchuria 24

Chapter 2 Manchuria 52

Chapter 3 Death of a Missionary Doctor 90

Chapter 4 The Missionary Community Takes Root 122

Chapter 5 From Manchukuo to Pearl Harbour 164

Chapter 6 War 200

Chapter 7 Return to China, Return to Ireland 226

Chapter 8 Resurrection 252

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