Chapter 6 Chinese Christian Community in Germany

Home-Making and Chineseness

In: Chinese Religions Going Global
Jie Kang
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This chapter examines the Chinese Christian community in Germany and its transnational religious network covering Southeast Asia, North America and Europe. On the one hand, the network connects ethnic Chinese transnationally through their Christian faith. On the other hand, it is an isolated ethnic enclave exclusively comprising Chinese. The paper delineates the interaction between ideology and practice among Chinese Christians in Germany, and how this is affected by their ethnic enclave, transnational connections and cultural differences among Chinese. It presents a contrasting picture of home-makers (missionaries) and home-seekers (believers) in the Chinese diaspora. The article also illustrates how the transnational Chinese Christian community is well connected globally yet relatively isolated within German society.

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