150 Years of George Leslie Mackay in Taiwan
Mackay Learning and Understanding Culture
Mackay believed it was important to learn the language and immerse himself in the culture of Taiwan. He befriended the locals and formed respect for the civilization, collecting artifacts along his journeys.
Mackay as a Teacher
Mackay helped in establishing schools for community members, including women. Most notable was the opening of Oxford College, introducing the structure of Western education to Taiwan.
Mackay as a Healer
Mackay helped in establishing medical clinics and hospitals to treat the people of Taiwan. He also stepped in as a dentist for those in need.
Mackay as a Husband and Father
Mackay went on to breaking the societal norms of his day and marrying a Taiwanese woman, Tiu Chheng-mia (“Minnie”). Together they continued the missionary work of the Church and went on to have three children.
Mackay as a Legacy
Mackay established sixty chapels during his time in Taiwan. He is recognized as a great missionary within the Presbyterian Church and admired with statues and memorial plaques. He captures the historical interest of researchers and visitors of the land.
I was out there on the plateau with them every day
for four or five hours, talking to them, hearing them talk,
noting down new words and phrases…years after,
when they grew to manhood, they continued friendly
and were always delighted to recall the first days on
the buffalo pasture.” (p.136-137)
Bible history and geography, the Scripture catechisms,
and also attend addresses in the college during the day
and take part in recitations and other exercises in the evening.
They are trained in methods of teaching, and in every way
equipped for their work….[they] are brought into touch with
the stronger and healthier life at the center.” (p.306)
where we may happen to be. Medicines are given,
and treatment prescribed for them in their homes.
The headquarters of this department…are at Tamsui.
There is the hospital building, with its wards and
necessary equipment…this has been a great blessing
to thousands of people.” (p.316)
mountains that stand round about Tamsui, clearer than
human voice every spoke to the outward ear,
I heard the voice of God whisper to my listening
spirit, “This is the land.”…for Formosa, the land of
my labors, the native home of my wife,
had been written upon my heart.” (p.330)