Donald Clark is the Murchison Professor of History and Co-Director of East Asian Studies at Trinity University. He also serves as Director of Trinity’s International Studies Program. He teaches courses on China, Japan, Korea, and the history of American foreign relations with a research focus on Korea, where he spent much of his life as the son of missionaries. In addition to writing books and journal articles on a variety of East Asian topics, Professor Clark has also published two works that focus upon Western missionaries in Korea—Living Dangerously in Korea: The Western Experience 1900–1950 (2003) and Missionary Photography in Korea: Encountering the West through Christianity (2009). Professor Clark’s latest publication is a Key Issues in Asian Studies booklet for survey-level university and advanced high school students titled Korea in World History. In the interview that follows, Professor Clark discusses nineteenth-century American and Western missionaries and their profound effects on East Asia.
American and European Missionaries in East Asia: An Interview with Professor Donald Clark