Asian Reaction to Europeans

Topics: Southeast Asia, East Asia, Asia Pages: 3 (880 words) Published: March 12, 2014

The Asian societies successfully restricted the Europeans in terms of Christianity and some terms of trade by isolation and banishment but they were unsuccessfully restricted by means of trade with the Mughal India and South East Asia. The Christians were banished from Japan and China and the others refused to conform to Christianity.

The Christians did not have much success anywhere spreading Christianity. In Saint Francis Xavier’s letter on the missions to India in 1549 he discussed his unsuccessful journey’s and how unwilling the Indians were with little converts showing how their previous religion remained the majority. Later, the Japanese Shogunate passed many laws restricting Christianity and threatened those by jail time and if they were informed against them they were even rewarded! Even more laws were passed by the Japanese Shogunate in 1639 that declared that if the Christians attempted anything evil they were to be punished. After the Japanese Shogunate made all the limits against Christianity King Louis XIV of France sent a letter to the Kind of Tonkin in 1681 saying how the one thing he wanted to do was spread the word of God and for them to profess their faith while in the response from the King of Tonkin to Louis XIV he clearly states that he wants nothing to do with the religion and to keep it away from their country. The letter was written for just King Louis XIV to see and the King of Tonkin very explicitly stated he wanted no contact with the French because they had previous religions present that make him very opinionated favoring his religion that make his reply so harsh. Very clearly, the Asian societies did not want any religious contact with any Europeans.

The Japanese and the Chinese were able to restrict trade contact with the west as well as religious. The Japanese restricted trade in the decree of the Shogunate in 1635 by restricting that there shall be no trade and if you leave you will be put to death. They even say...
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