David Kohl’s Body of Work

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Mr. Kohl’s title A Curious and Peculiar People won the Silver IPPY Award. Ten eventful years in GLBT history have passed since the first edition of “A Curious and Peculiar People” was written for the 30th anniversary of Portland’s “Gay Church” in 2006. Major accomplishments in marriage equality, transgender recognition, and military status all grew from the historic accomplishments of the Stonewall era, recounted in this detailed and perceptive account. As the most recognized gay property in the area, MCC provided both a venue and support. This is a case study describing the success and failure of common people working together (mostly) for the common goal. of gay rights. Oregon attracted a unique mixture of activists and committed leaders – establishing early musical groups, churches, PRIDE efforts, underlying creative and committed dedication in the advent of HIV-AIDS.Research was based on over 200 interviews supplementing 35 years of local gay and lesbian publications. Over 400 photos bring the details of people and places into focus. An extensive listing of local organizations, business, and establishments have become a unique resource to follow-up research, especially in connection with the Oregon Historical Society and the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific North-West.This edition contains an extensive listing (7 pages Clubs, meeting places, bookstores, and more) of Historic GLBT Venues in Portland, 0ver 300 historical photographs, extensive listings of: Bibliography: Journalistic Publications; GLBT organizations& unions and groups; Community of Welcoming Congregations; and people Interviewed. It also contains an abridged index.

David Kohl’s work reflects his intensive research. Each work contains appendixes of indexes of names, structures, maps, terms. His stay in Hong Kong, as a teacher at the international School, allowed him to explore China and Asia producing the Off Shore Chinese Architecture. Temples, shophouses, mansions, kongsis and gardens are unique architectural forms produced by generations of Chinese peoples living in locales as diverse as Singapore, San Francisco, Macao, Penang, Djakarta, Melbourne, and Amsterdam. Since the days of East India Companies, sojourning Chinese laborers and merchants have established themselves to create offshore communities in far-flung ports of Asia, North America, and The Pacific Rim.What are the common elements visible in the built environment of these settlers? What factors brought about the richly ornamented temples and clan houses? Why were commercial buildings in Malaya such a dominant part of the British colonial streetscape while a Spartan style materialized in the communities of the gold fields and railway cities of California? What cultural heritage from the Canton region is universally evident in the Chinatowns of Liverpool, Mexicali, and Sacramento? Why are Chinese gardens being built in Malta, Los Angeles, and Portland?Offshore Chinese Architecture gives insights to these questions utilizing illustrations of source buildings in China, through historic and geographic research, and the observations and insights of scholar, teacher, and traveler David G Kohl. Viewing buildings on three continents, he offers insights into styles, similarities, and trends while noting the distinctly different situations of the overseas Chinese in the nanyang (SE Asia) and gumshan (America and Australia).Profusely illustrated with historic and contemporary drawings. Structure, ornamentation, and symbolism are explained with diagrams, floor plans, elevations and historic woodcuts. Rare photos document construction stages of a Chinese garden. An illustrated field guide is included for use when visiting Chinatowns, religious buildings, and classical Chinese gardens.

A historical account of life in China from the late 19th Century to WW II, as seen through the eyes of the Lutheran Missionaries, who brought education, western medicine, and the concept of a monotheistic God. Pictures, dairies, and historical recounts went into 6 years of research. Missionaries, and their families relate floods, births, deaths, and encounters of all kinds. A view of China, which has been rarely related to the reading public. An extensive, Glossary, Index, and Bibliography are included in the work.When four American missionaries in western China fled the advancing People’s Liberation Army in a late night rescue, dropped at Kai Tak airstrip in December 1949, a new chapter in Hong Kong refugee work was about to begin that would have a world-wide influence. Three women, deaconesses in nursing and education, and a tuberculosis-stricken young pastor, took up temporary residence at the Basel Mission Home on Tai Po Road. When they realized that they spoke the mandarin language of many refugees encamped throughout the Colony, they determined to stay in Hong Kong because “there is work to be done here.” Resisting re-assignment, they served without authorization for three months before reluctant approval came from the Missouri Synod Mission Board. Doing whatever needed to be done, the four began human care and Christian witnessing among groups of dislocated squatters on the grounds of the Tung Wah hospital, soon moved to a camp at the foot of Mt. Davis, and by June, 1950, to a Government-assigned camp overlooking Junk Bay. The Mission was to become a significant part of Hong Kong’s refugee and resettlement epic. The account of their survival, of establishing a Bible Institute, congregations, primary schools, Mongkok Lutheran School for the Deaf, and Haven of Hope Sanitarium is a tale of faith and tenacity, of benevolent Government and determined Christians amidst a flotsam of displaced humanity. From Rennie’s Mill, developments led to the establishment of schools and social services of the Lutheran Church-Hong Kong Synod, of Hong Kong International School in Repulse Bay, and of additional schools in Shanghai, ShenZhen, and Hanoi. Lutherans on the Yangtze, Volume Two, is the detailed story of evolution and work of the Missouri Synod and its sister Synod, the Lutheran Church-Hong Kong Synod from 1949 to 2013, the centennial of the Church’s origins in Hankow. It is the work of former educational missionary Dave Kohl, and the result of 7 years of archival research, personal interviews, and exploratory travel in Hong Kong and China. The oral histories of missionaries and their families, of former refugees and Christian converts, and current church leaders makes this a vital and timely tale.





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