Liu, James (Chung-Fu) (1904-1991)

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James Liu, 1930s
Source: Mennonite Library and Archives. 2003-0029

James (Chung-Fu) Liu was born 19 June 1904 in the city of Puyang (formerly Kai Chow) in Henan (Honan) Province, China. His Buddhist parents converted to Christianity at the General Conference Mennonite Church mission station. James was baptized in 1920. His education, begun in a Confucian school, continued in the Mennonite mission school and Yenching University. From 1930 to 1932 James studied at Bluffton College (Ohio) and Bethel College (Kansas). Returning to China, James was principal of the Mennonite mission high school at Kai Chow until 1946, when he and his wife fled for their lives. They worked with the Mennonite Central Committee, 1946-1952. James then taught in a government school, but during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1969) he was imprisoned for three years and tortured. In 1985, at age 82, James with his son Timothy visited in the United States and Canada as a guest of Mennonite friends. He died 13 October 1991.


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Author(s) J. Winfield Fretz
Date Published 1987

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Fretz, J. Winfield. "Liu, James (Chung-Fu) (1904-1991)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 7 Dec 2022.,_James_(Chung-Fu)_(1904-1991)&oldid=123240.

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Fretz, J. Winfield. (1987). Liu, James (Chung-Fu) (1904-1991). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 7 December 2022, from,_James_(Chung-Fu)_(1904-1991)&oldid=123240.


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