"Chinese Christianity on the Mainland and in Diaspora Communities"

A Mini-Conference Hosted by the Institute of Comparative Culture,
Sophia University, Ichigaya Campus, Tokyo
March 22-23, 2005

doveA Mini-Conference Hosted by the Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University, Ichigaya Campus, Tokyo March 22-23, 2005 The program of the mini-conference has been divided into five sessions: Part I focuses on the socio-political context of religion in contemporary China and recent developments in Chinese Christianity. Part II considers the formation and export of Chinese Christian Movements. Part III examines Chinese Christianity in the diaspora communities in the US and Europe. Part IV focuses on the situation of Chinese Catholics in Japan and the relationship between Catholic congregations and transnationalism. Finally, Part V considers the global significance of recent developments in Chinese Christianity and will explore the implications and consider future directions for research. As outlined below, the plan is to have a commentator provide a response to the papers in each section. Each speaker will be given 30 minutes for their presentation. Commentators should limit themselves to about 15 minutes to allow time for other comments from the floor and open discussion.

bibleTuesday, March 22

9:30-9:45 Welcome and Introductions

Part I. Chinese Christianity on the Mainland

9:45-10:15 "The Challenge of the Catholic Church in Changing Chinese Society,"
Fr. John B. Zhang (China), Director, Faith Institute for Cultural Studies

10:15-10:45 "The Indigenization of Christianity Among Shanghai Protestants"
Shiho Murakami, doctoral candidate, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 "Trends Among Chinese Christian-Studies Academics,"
Jiang-Yang Dong, Assistant Professor in the Department of Christianity, Institute of World Religions of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing

11:30-12:00 Response and Open Discussion
Commentator: Linda Grove, Dean and Professor of Chinese History, Faculty of Comparative Culture, Sophia University

fishes12:00-1:30 Lunch Break

Part III. Chinese Christianity in Europe and North America

3:15-3:45 "The Chinese Christian Community in Bucharest (Romania)"
Dorotty Nagy, doctoral candidate, University of Utrecht

3:45-4:15 "Chinese Christians and Churches in the United States"
Fenggang Yang, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

4:15-4:45 Response and Open Discussion
Commentator: John Clammer, Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Comparative Culture, Sophia University

oliveWednesday, March 23
Part IV. Chinese Christianity in Contemporary Japan

9:00-9:30 "Changing Demographics and Christianity among the Overseas Chinese in Tokyo"
Barbara Ambros, Visiting Professor, Columbia University

9:30-10:00 "Chinese Catholics in Japan"
Sanji Yamaoka, S.J., Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Sophia University

10:00-10:30 "The Catholic Congregation in Tokyo as a Node in Fujian Transnational Networks"
Gracia Farrer, doctoral candidate, University of Chicago

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:15 Response and Open Discussion
Commentator: Shinzo Kawamura, S.J., Associate Professor, Department of History, Sophia University

candlePart V. Implications and Future Research Directions

11:15-11:45 "Missiological Implications of Chinese Christianity in a Globalized Context"
Kim-kwong Chan, Hong Kong Christian Council

11:45-12:15 Response and Open Discussion
Commentator: David Wank, Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Comparative Culture

12:15-12:30 Final Comments and Adjournment

*Afternoon Option (March 23): We hope to be able to arrange a visit to the Kirishitan Bunko, the Archival Collection on Christianity in Pre-Modern Japan, which is housed in the main library of Sophia University's Yotsuya Campus. Please let us know if you would be interested in a brief tour and introduction to this collection so that arrangements can be made in advance.

*We would like to acknowledge and express our appreciation to the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia for the generous financial support of the conference.