Matteo Ricci and the Catholic Mission to China


An accessible collection of primary sources on the life of the Italian Jesuit Matteo Ricci and the Catholic mission that he helped establish in China. Ricci’s missionary career indeed constituted a key moment in modern history, for it was through his examples and recommendations that the Jesuits in China collectively adopted an accommodative approach to Chinese culture and embarked on various projects of cultural translation that resulted in the first wave of sustained interactions between Chinese and European civilizations. Instructors and students alike will benefit greatly from Hsia’s lucid introduction, which sets Ricci’s life story against the broader background of Portuguese Asia, Catholic renewal, and late Ming China.

This book is in paperback format and measures 21 x 14 x 1.6 cm.


  • Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1.6 cm
  • Weight: 200 g
  • Author: Ronnie Po-Chia Hsia
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc (US)
  • Pages: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781624664328