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Conversion of First-Generation Ethnic Chinese Migrants in America: A Critical Social Analysis

Tony Chuang

Abstract


This paper examines the interplay of the various identities of first-generation migrants in America (i.e. Christian vs. non-Christian, Chinese vs. American) to see how the identities influence their religious journey. Research shows that the hybridized identity shows itself in the migrant’s desire to (at different times) become more Chinese, more American, and more Christian. The paper uses a critical social analysis that looks at historical events, economic forces, demographics, socio-psychological issues, cultural backgrounds, political factors, religious effects, and more. The analysis results in a deeper understanding of both the migrant experience as well as conversion experience for these migrants. Implications are given for continuing evangelistic work for Chinese churches in America, including the relationship of conversion and assimilation and the reconstruction of various socio-religious identities.


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Evangelism; Conversion; Assimilation; Chinese; Church; Sociology; America; Identity

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