Using Ricci and his experiences as a lens, write an essay on the similarities and differences of Chinese and Western cultures, and how they affected Ricci’s mission.

Assignment Question

Using Ricci and his experiences as a lens, write an essay on the similarities and differences of Chinese and Western cultures, and how they affected Ricci’s mission. By the end of his life, was Ricci a Westerner who lived in China, or a Chinese of Western background? Justify your answer with evidence from the readings.

Choose one. 4-5 pages, double spaced. Papers must closely engage with the sources. Use Chicago-style citations in paper. Your paper needs an argument. Write in active voice. Be specific and use concrete nouns as much as possible rather than category nouns.