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Julia Ching Fonds

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Julia Ching fonds

Dates of Creation



36 cm of textual records

Biographical Sketch

Julia Ching (1934-2001) was a Victoria University professor and an internationally recognized expert on neo-Confucian philosophy and religion. Born in Shanghai in 1934, she grew up there and in Hong Kong before fleeing China during World War II. She was a student at the College of New Rochelle in New York, and then became an Ursuline nun for twenty years. She resumed her studies at the Catholic University of America (M.A.), and then at the Australian National University (Ph.D. 1972). After teaching at Columbia University (1973–1975) and Yale University (1975–1978) she joined the faculty at Victoria University in 1978, becoming a Professor of Religious Studies/Study of Religion, 1981–1995, and then a University Professor of Philosophy, 1995 until her death in 2001. Dr. Ching was very active in the academic world, publishing widely and a contributing member of many organizations. She was also in demand as a consultant and interviewee concerning news relating to China. She was survived by her husband, academic colleague Willard Oxtoby, who died in 2003.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of correspondence/subject files, 1970-2000; includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, reports, programmes, newsletters, clippings and other published material relating to professional colleagues, theologian Hans Kung, the Royal Society of Canada, career at University of Toronto, publishing and manuscripts, conferences and other academic events (including her work as Co-President of the International Congress of Asian and North African Studies), organizations, translation work, work done for legal cases, and various scholarly, human rights, and religious issues.


Source of Supplied Title

Title based on the contents of the fonds.


Records are predominantly in English, but includes Chinese, German and French.

Access points

  • Ching, Julia, 1934–2001
  • Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.)—Faculty


  • Theology—Study and teaching
  • Universities and colleges—Faculty

Box/File List

Acc.No. Box File Title Date
2004.070V 1 1 Activities memorabilia (academic) [includes Joint Study Group Minute Book of the Lesser Presbytery and Disciples of Christ - 1970-72] 1972-2000
1 2 [Academic] Correspondence [includes letters from publishers, etc.] (Note: Some correspondence is in German) 1971–1979
1 3 [Academic] Correspondence [includes letters from publishers, etc.] (Note: Some correspondence is in German) 1980-1989
1 4 [Academic] Correspondence [includes letters from publishers, salary info, grants - U of T, Order of Canada, Committee for the Support of Higher Education, Royal Society of Canada, etc.] (Note: Some correspondence is in Chinese, German) 1990-2000
1 5 [Academic] Correspondence [includes congratulatory messages re Order of Canada, material related to conference "The West and Asian Values", human rights in China, etc.](Note: some correspondence in in French and Chinese 1990-2000
1 6 [Personal] Correspondence and cards (Note: Some correspondence is in Chinese) 1981-1999
2 1 Travel/work documentation for US and China and correspondence with US Department of State 1976-1988
2 2 Hans Kung [correspondence, articles, and interview transcripts] (Note: Most material is in German) 1972–1985
2 3 Hans Kung [correspondence, articles,visit itinerary, etc.] (Note: Most material is in German) 1985–1999
2 4 Publishing correspondence 1984–1987
2 5 Publishing correspondence and agreements 1986–1993
2 6 Publishing correspondence and agreements [includes letters and material re trip to China) (note: some material is in Chinese) 1988–1993
2 7 [Academic and publishing correspondence and material - [topics are thesis reviews, grants, teaching, academic committees, speeches, academic reference letters for others, racism and diversity, Colloquium on The Future of Chinese Thought] 1997–2000
2 8 [Correspondence and agreements re manuscript "Confucianism and Christianity"] 1976–1978
2 9 Foreign Language Specialist Agreement 1981
2 10 InterAction Council correspondence and memos (Note: Some material is in Chinese) 1996–1999
2 11 Royal Society [letter re election as Fellow] 1990
2 12 Concilium [Minutes, correspondence, memos, reports] 1994–1999
2 13 [?] for legal use [includes material related to cases re marriages and Chinese medicine and acupuncture] 1995–1997
3 1 International Congress of Asian and North African Studies, Victoria University [includes applications, correspondence, ] 1989–1990
3 2 Australian National University [study leave report, application and report "Man in a Merciless Universe: The Work of Shannon Ahmad by Prof. A.H. Johns"'] 1971–1973
3 3 Columbia University [correspondence and work agreement] 1974–1976
3 4 Yale University [correspondence, work contract, salary info] 1975–1993
3 5 University of Toronto [correspondence re employment] 1979, 1994
3 6 U of T/Connaught [correspondence re employment, faculty position] 1979–1995
3 7 Permanent residence application 1979
3 8 C.V.s 1978, 1990