By Linfu Dong
James Mellon Menzies (1885-1957) was once a Canadian engineer, Presbyterian missionary, and archaeologist lively in China within the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties. In a practice that observed archaeology as a way of collecting artefacts for the collections of Western museums, Menzies believed in amassing for the folks of China. He additionally observed his archaeological paintings as an extension of his missionary paintings, connecting, via his discoveries, the spiritual ideals of historical China to these of evangelical Christianity.
In Cross tradition and Faith, Linfu Dong sheds new gentle at the glossy stumble upon among China and the West via Menzies's existence, paintings, and proposal. He elucidates the tough 'negotiation' approaches that Menzies continued on a number of degrees and with a number of forces, together with chinese language nationalism, Western imperialism, the evangelical undertaking, and his personal own curiosity in chinese language archaeology inside that world.
Despite his trust in assuring chinese language artefacts remained in China, a few of Menzies's own assortment was once donated to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and to the paintings Gallery of larger Victoria in British Columbia. This has guaranteed his position within the cultural reminiscence of either East and West - acceptable, due to the fact his lifestyles so frequently straddled the 2 worlds.