Chinese Christians in America: Conversion, Assimilation, and by Fenggang Yang

By Fenggang Yang

Christianity has develop into the main practiced faith one of the chinese language in the United States, yet little or no reliable examine exists on chinese language Christians and their church buildings. This booklet is the 1st to discover the topic from the interior, revealing how chinese language Christians build and reconstruct their identity--as Christians, american citizens, and Chinese--in neighborhood congregations amid the unconventional pluralism of the overdue 20th century. at the present time there are a couple of thousand chinese language church buildings within the usa, such a lot of them Protestant evangelical congregations, bringing jointly diasporic chinese language from different origins--Taiwan, Hong Kong, mainland China, and Southeast Asian nations. Fenggang Yang unearths that regardless of the various tensions and conflicts that exist inside of those congregations, most people locate how you can combine creatively their evangelical Christian ideals with conventional chinese language (most Confucian) values. The church turns into a spot the place they could selectively assimilate into American society whereas concurrently maintaining chinese language values and culture.Yang brings to this research precise event as either player and observer. Born in mainland China, he's a sociologist who switched over to Christianity after coming to the us. the guts of this booklet is an ethnographic examine of a consultant chinese language church, situated in Washington, D.C., the place he turned a member. through the booklet, Yang attracts upon interviews with contributors of this congregation whereas making comparisons with different church buildings in the course of the usa. chinese language Christians in the USA is a vital addition to the literature at the adventure of "new" immigrant groups.

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Therefore, racialization is Americanization. However, this understanding of mid-level assimilation takes racial pluralism as an indispensable component and is thus a significant departure from classic assimilation theory that foresees immigrants melting into one common pot. The Core Society and Culture Classic theories of assimilation held a notion of the core into which the immigrant and minority groups were expected to assimilate: If there is anything in American life which can be described as an overall American culture which serves as a reference point for immigrants and their children, it can best be described .

The central controversy was about the unification of Taiwan with mainland China. The pro–Lin Yang-kang camp, which appeared to be a larger group, worried that incumbent Lee Teng-hui’s ambiguous stands on unification could draw Taiwan and mainland China into a disastrous war. Besides these, the “Taiwan tongxianghui” rallied open sympathizers for the Taiwan independence movement. Since the late 1980s, many mainland Chinese have formed their own associations, but they are either apolitical or parts of anti-Communist democracy movements.

Confucianism was not merely a system of ethics or a philosophy of life.

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