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Christianizing South China

Mission, Development, and Identity in Modern Chaoshan

Editors: Lee, Joseph Tse-Hei (Ed.)

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  • Offers an insightful study of the indigenization of Protestant churches in the Chaoshan region
  • Corrects many myths surrounding the incompatibility of Christianity and Chinese culture
  • Gives a fresh look at Chaoshan Christians' search for upward mobility and gender equality
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Christianity flourishes in areas facing profound dislocations amidst regime change and warfare. This book explains the appeal of Christianity in the Chaozhou-Shantou (Chaoshan) region during a time of transition, from a stage of disintegration in the late imperial era into the cosmopolitan and entrepreneurial area it is today. The authors argue that Christianity played multiple roles in Chaoshan, facilitating mutual accommodations and adaptations among foreign missionaries and native converts. The trajectory of Christianization should be understood as a process of civilizational change that inspired individuals and communities to construct a sacred order capable of empowerment in times of chaos and confusion. 

About the authors

Joseph Tse-Hei Lee is Professor of History and Executive Director of the Confucius Institute at Pace University in New York, USA. His previous works include The Bible and the Gun: Christianity in South China (2003), Marginalization in China (2008), China’s Rise to Power (2012), and Hong Kong and Bollywood (2016). 

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“In keeping with his well-established research record, Joseph Tse-Hei Lee has produced yet another flashlight into the history of China's Christian communities. Christianizing South China explores the Christianity exhibited in the Chaozhou-Shantou region in southern China and its propagation into the Chinese interior and into the global trading network where Chaoshan Christians featured strongly. Professor Lee's book will be a welcome addition for anyone interested in Chinese Christianity.” (Lars Peter Laamann, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK)

“Anyone with an interest in the history of Chinese Christian communities will find Christianizing South China to be an invaluable addition to their library. The regional focus on Chaoshan churches allows the reader to come away with a greater appreciation of the ways in which Chinese Christians contributed to local society and culture.” (John R. Stanley, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Hardcover $139.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Christianizing South China
Book Subtitle
Mission, Development, and Identity in Modern Chaoshan
Editors
  • Joseph Tse-Hei Lee
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72266-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72266-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72265-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-10178-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 172
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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