Mormon studies, Taiwan, missionary, cultural impact
I grew up in a multi-ethnic neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area, so from a very early age I was aware of China and things Chinese. In 1961 at Modesto Junior College, I met two international students from Hong Kong and was fascinated by their culture. When I heard a young man from our stake speak about his mission in Hong Kong, I said to myself, "That's where I would like to go!" When I applied for a mission, I was interviewed by a General Authority, who asked, "Would you be willing to serve overseas and learn a foreign language?" I replied, "Yes." He then asked, "Which language?" When I answered, "Chinese," he started making notes. I was thrilled to be called to the Southern Far East Mission and serve in Taiwan from 1962 to 1965 (fig. 1).
Stamps, Richard B.
"The Cultural Impact of Mormon Missionaries on Taiwan,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 41:
4, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol41/iss4/10