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Paul Rusch in Postwar JapanEvangelism, Rural Development, and the Battle against Communism$
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Andrew T. McDonald and Verlaine Stoner McDonald

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813176079

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813176079.001.0001

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Early Life

Early Life

Son of Louisville

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(p.9) 1 Early Life
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Paul Rusch in Postwar Japan
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Andrew T. McDonald

Verlaine Stoner McDonald

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813176079.003.0002

Chapter 1 traces Paul Rusch’s early life in Louisville as the son of a grocer and as a soldier in World War I. After the war, Rusch led an effort to establish a bohemian art colony in Louisville, though his venture eventually went bankrupt and landed Rusch in court. Rusch left Kentucky and then on a lark volunteered to help rebuild the Tokyo and Yokohama YMCA branches after the Great Kanto Earthquake. His connections at Holy Trinity Church in Tokyo led to positions on the Rikkyo University faculty and as a fund-raiser for St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo. As Rusch worked to convert young Japanese men to Christianity by relaunching the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, Japan was swept up in political and social turmoil and militarism. Along the way, he staged the first organized game of American football in Japan and laid the foundation for Japan’s collegiate football league. Dr. Rudolf Teusler mentored Rusch during tours in America, honing Rusch’s skills in fund-raising, expanding his network to include wealthy patrons, and shaping Rusch’s staunch anti-Communist views.

Keywords:   Louisville, Kentucky, Great Kanto Earthquake, Rikkyo University, Brotherhood of Saint Andrew, militarism, baseball, football, Rudolf Teusler, St. Luke’s International Hospital, Paul Rusch

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