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The Red Swastika Society’s Humanitarian Work: A Re-interpretation of the Red Cross in China

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From the journal New Global Studies


This article examines the emergence of the Red Swastika Society, a Chinese faith-based humanitarian organization, and its development during the 1930s when political changes and war enforced a transformation of the organization and saw a strengthening of its adherence to Red Cross relief activities and Red Cross principles. This article suggests that despite growing similarities with the work of a national Red Cross Society throughout the 1930s, the organization retained its religious founding principles and practices, which distinguished its faith-based humanitarian mission from the larger Red Cross Movement.

Published Online: 2017-1-20
Published in Print: 2016-12-1

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