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Doris Embery - Collection 208

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Doris Embery

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)


Transcript 1

Brief Description
Interview with Embery in which she discusses the activities of her parents, who were China Inland Mission workers; her education at the CIM school in Chefoo; her reflections on the lack of uniqueness of missionary children; and her experiences after she left China.

Collection 208 [October 2, 2000]
Embery, Doris; ca. 1913-
Interview; 1982
1 Reel of Audio Tape


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Doris Embery was born in England around 1913, but grew up in China, the daughter of China Inland Mission workers Ethel Potter and William James Embery. After a few years spent on the China-Burmese border in the town of Tengyueh, the family traveled to other mission stations. William Embery was assigned to the main office in Shanghai as assistant treasurer (later treasurer) in or around 1916, where he and his wife remained for the rest of their period of service, until 1940, when they went to Australia. Doris went to CIM school in Chefoo at the age of six, where she stayed until her graduation in 1930. After a year as a tutor to the children of the Montgomery and Yates family, she went to Australia to live and to study accounting, after which she worked for Scripture Union for ten years. She eventually traveled to Great Britain in 1955, where she also worked for Scripture Union, among other organizations. In 1957, she became a missionary with the Overseas Missionary Fellowship, CIM's successor. She went to Hong Kong, where she worked until her retirement.

Scope and Content

Miss Embery was interviewed by Robert Shuster on April 20, 1982. Time elapsed in minutes and secondes is recorded to the left of the topics discussed in the interview. the index is keyed to the cassette copy and not to the reel-to reel original.

Tape T1 - side 1 (Click to link to the transcript of this tape)
00:00 Beginning of tape
00:15 Introduction
00:45 Parents, service with the China Inland Mission
02:15 Parents' activities in China
03:15 Methods of travel; J. L. Fraser
05:00 Pioneer missionaries in Tengyueh
05:30 Parents' reasons for becoming missionaries
06:45 Father's evangelistic work
08:15 Father's work in Shanghai
09:15 Childhood memories of mission life
11:15 The Chinese ahma
12:00 Going away to boarding school in Chefoo; vacations
13:00 Reason for going to boarding school; separation from parents
14:30 Appreciation of the Chefoo school; costs of being a missionary and the child of a missionary
17:15 Virtues and skills learned at boarding school
19:30 Writing letters home
21:00 "All our teachers were missionaries"
21:30 Quality of education in Chefoo
22:15 No special advantages or disadvantages to being children of missionaries
28:15 Advantages and disadvantages of going to a Christian school
31:15 Population of Chefoo
32:00 The campus of the school; Chefoo today
34:00 "Pig Tails, Petticoats, and the Old School Tie"
34:30 New Chefoo schools
35:00 Water sports at Chefoo
36:00 Weather at Chefoo
36:15 Major events in the school calendar
37:45 Examinations
39:30 Social activities
41:45 Spiritual activities; class size
45:30 Chapel services, Children's Special Services Mission and Scripture Union
47:00 End of side 1

Tape T1 - side 2
00:00 Beginning of tape
00:05 Beach missions
02:00 Jennie Liddell; Chefoo reunions
03:45 Difficulty of adjusting to the West after growing up in China; materialism in the West
08:00 Memorable teachers at Chefoo
10:15 Development of personal Christian faith
16:00 The difficulty for a missionary kid "breaking back" into western culture
17:45 Lack of awareness of political events in China
20:00 Work as a tutor
21:00 The Bell and Talbott families
22:45 Memories of Shanghai
24:45 The Door of Hope Mission
25:45 Personnel at China Inland Mission headquarters; communications between headquarters and mission stations
28:15 Time in Australia, learning to be a jack-of-all-trades
30:45 "I thought she was real missionary"
31:45 Scripture Union's work
35:00 Returning to Overseas Missionary Fellowship from Scripture Union
38:30 Age requirements for a missionary
40:00 Call to Hong Kong
45:45 End of tape


The tape in this collection was given to the Archives by Miss Embery on April 21, 1982.

Accession 82-52
October 15, 1982
Robert Shuster
J. Nasgowitz

Accession 82-52
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The following item is located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, 93 minutes, one side only. Oral history interview with Doris Embery by Robert Shuster on April 20, 1982.

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