Volume 6 Number 1
Asia’s role in the world, to understate it, is extensive. Though set far away on a small campus in central New Jersey, Princeton Seminary has benefited from Asia’s influence. Throughout its history Princeton has both served and been enriched by Asia—whether sending missionaries eastward, welcoming visiting professors, or training Asian church leaders.
The following articles focus on East Asia—A History of Exchange, Remembering Connections through War and Peace, Jewels in the Crown of Korea, A Wartime Connection Lasts a Lifetime, Where Edges Meet )though Princeton’s contacts have ranged from Israel to India to China to Korea to Japan to Indonesia. They tell stories of what can happen when boundaries are crossed, when the edges of North America and Asia meet.
Follow a timeline that recounts the history of Princeton’s relationship with Asia. Hear an American journalist who lives in Thailand recount how his lifelong passion for peacemaking has led him to cross paths with PTS alums around the world. Listen to the story of Bokko Tsuchiyama—a young man who came to Princeton from Japan to escape fighting in World War II and recently returned to express his gratitude. Read Richard F. Young, PTS professor of the history of religions who was for twenty-two years a resident of Asia, reflect on the benefits of being where different religions and cultures meet and on how Princeton has been involved.
The following pages are a chance to celebrate the valuable relationship between Princeton Seminary and the church in Asia.
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