Pearle McCain Oral History Interview

February 6, 1981
Oral History #OH0068
Lennon, Donald R.; McCain, Pearle, 1902-1983
Physical description
0.01 Cubic Feet, 2 audiocassettes, 2.25 hours, 24 pages
Preferred Citation
Pearle McCain Oral History Interview (#OH0068), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Biographical/historical information

Dr. McCain, a native of Arkansas, was educated at Scarritt College, Columbia University, and Union Theological Seminary. She arrived in China in 1929 where she remained until 1942 when World War II forced her to return to the United States. She returned to China in 1946 only to be forced out by the Communist government in 1949. In 1951 Dr. McCain was sent to Japan where she taught for twenty years.

Scope and arrangement

Included are discussions of work in Peking, Shanghai, and Sungkiang. Commentaries concern educational work, Japanese invasion, personal relationships, travel, local customs, seminary work, and the effect of World War II on China. Also of interest are views of the Communis government, departure from China, college eaching in Japan, and a return visit to Japan and Shanghai in 1980.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Pearle McCain

Processing information

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Repository does not own copyright to the oral history collection. Permission to cite, reproduce, or broadcast must be obtained from both the repository and the participants in the oral history, or their heirs.

General note


Key terms
Personal Names
McCain, Pearle, 1902-1983
World War, 1939-1945--China
China--Politics and government--20th century
China--Social life and customs--20th century