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More than Evangelical and Ethnic: The Ecological Factor in Chinese Conversion to Christianity in the United States

Yuting Wang and Fenggang Yang

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 67, issue 2, pages 179-192
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2006 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/socrel/67.2.179
More than Evangelical and Ethnic: The Ecological Factor in Chinese Conversion to Christianity in the United States

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This paper focuses on the conversion patterns of students and scholars from the People's Republic of China studying at United States universities. Based on in-depth interviews and observations conducted on university campuses in two midwestern cities, we examine the similarities and differences of conversion between the two Chinese student communities. While the social and cultural contexts in China are prevalent in their conversion narratives, the local context or the ecology of local churches is important to explain the variations of the churches that the Chinese converts have joined.

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