The daughter of Presbyterian missionaries, Pearl Buck was born in West Virginia, but grew up in China, where she received a Chinese and Western education. Her first language was Chinese, and she considered herself culturally both Chinese and American. In addition to writing nearly 70 books, Pearl Buck was also one of the 20th century’s most important humanitarian figures, taking up issues largely ignored at the time, such as the plight of Asian bi-racial children. In 1949, she established the Welcome House adoption program to “find adoptive families for bi-racial children that were considered ‘unadoptable’ because of their ethnic status.”
The Book Club selected The Good Earth as its February book to compliment and support the University’s Global Roundtable, Leading in the Name of Jesus, which will be held on February 22nd.
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