Pearl Sydenstricker Buckalso known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu was the daughter of missionaries working in China. What Pearl learned, in light of her parents activities was nothing short of remarkable, and she shared this through her writing becoming a best-selling fiction novelist.
Buck spent most of her early life 1934 in China. Her novel The Good Earth was her first best-selling book in the United States and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932.
After which Pearl accepted an invitation to address a luncheon of Presbyterian women at the Astor Hotel in New York City. Her talk was titled “Is There a Case for the Foreign Missionary?” and her answer was a barely qualified “no”. She told her American audience that she welcomed Chinese to share her Christian faith, but argued that China did not need an institutional church dominated by missionaries
In 1938, she was awarded…
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