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Civilizing Missions
International Religious Agencies in China
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
 
12 Dec 2008
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Since the early 1990s, China has witnessed an influx of international NGOs, many of which have Christianity as their foundation. The presence of international Christian agencies in China, however, is not new. Christian missionaries went to China in the age of imperialism. Historians argue the work of missionaries was inextricably linked to the idea of a 'civilizing mission'. This book critically assesses the idea of a Christian 'civilizing mission' over time, and explores the relevance of the idea to the contemporary context. By examining the non-Han people's perception of international Christian agencies, this book advocates the importance of engagement through in-depth dialogue between international Christian NGOs and ethnic communities.


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Since the early 1990s, China has witnessed an influx of international NGOs, many of which have Christianity as their foundation. The presence of international Christian agencies in China, however, is not new. Christian missionaries went to China in the age of imperialism. Historians argue the work of missionaries was inextricably linked to the idea of a 'civilizing mission'. This book critically assesses the idea of a Christian 'civilizing mission' over time, and explores the relevance of the idea to the contemporary context. By examining the non-Han people's perception of international Christian agencies, this book advocates the importance of engagement through in-depth dialogue between international Christian NGOs and ethnic communities.


Reviews

"This book is original and innovative. It takes an important and topical theme which has become very popular within a range of disciplines, and takes the time and effort to see whether it can be applied in the Chinese context, and how that application might cause the disciplines to rethink their stance toward the general theme." - Dr Anthony J. Langlois, Senior Lecturer, School of Political and International Studies, Flinders University


Contents

Introduction
PART I: THEORY AND HISTORY
'Civilizing Missions' and Ethnic Communities in China: Frames of Interaction
The Chinese State as a Civilizer of Ethnic Communities: Civilization and Religion in Chinese History
Evangelism and Its Unintended Consequence: Christian Missionaries in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
PART II: CONTEMPORARY 'CIVILIZING MISSIONS'?
Introduction
A Conflict between Christian Evangelism and Tibetan Buddhism: The Jian Hua Foundation (JHF)
Presence Evangelism: The Salvation Army
A Secular Use of Local Religion: Oxfam Hong Kong
Conclusion


Authors

MIWA HIRONO teaches at the Department of International Relations at The Australian National University, Australia where she was awarded a Ph.D. in International Relations.