Nanlai Cao

Nanlai Cao
Renmin University of China | RUC · department of religious studies

PhD in Anthropology (ANU)

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This article sheds new light on the diverse modes in which migration and religion intersect in shaping everyday transnational practices by exploring the articulations of religion and business migration in an emerging Chinese‐led transnational mission field. Drawing on multisited ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Wenzhou, Rome and Paris, I show ho...
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As China is being increasingly integrated into the global economy, more and more Chinese people live transnational lives and practice religion globally. So far scholarship of the relationship between religion and globalization in the Chinese religious field has primarily been set in the historical context of the encounter between Western Christian...
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Four decades of economic reform and opening up in China has brought about dramatic social and cultural changes associated with globalization. As China is being increasingly integrated into global economy, more and more Chinese live transnational lives and practice religion globally. So far the scholarship of the interrelationship between religion a...
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This paper explores the convergence and divergence in the development of Chinese Christianity and the global surge of Pentecostalism by focusing on the evolution and expansion of an indigenous Pentecostal sector in Chinese Christianity. Drawing on extended ethnographic fieldwork among prosperous urban church communities in coastal southeast China a...
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This essay explores the rise of Protestant Christianity at the contemporary stage of China's globalization as a unique social and cultural phenomenon. Globalization can be seen as not only a homogenization process in political and economic terms, but also a process in which religious ideas and moral principles spread around the world. While in an e...
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The revival of religious practice in the post-Mao era has become an important topic in Chinese social life, attracting serious attention both domestically and internationally. To explore the contemporary Chinese religious scene, scholarship from within the P. R. China has embraced social science research that distinguishes itself from traditional t...
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溫州基督徒與中國草根全球化 曹南來 著 2017 年 12 月‧210 x 148 mm‧224 頁‧978-988-237-008-1‧平裝‧20 美元 中國在 21 世紀的崛起不僅發生在政治經濟領域,也是在精神靈性層 面產生漣漪的全球現象。溫州商人屬於今天在全球最為人所知的華商 群體。懷著宗教熱忱的溫商基督徒堅信,國家在經濟領域的成功必然 帶來其靈性上的進步。隨著全球市場經濟與移民潮的加劇,本土化的 地方華人基督教也被帶到世界的不同角落。 作者將溫州基督教放置在中國的全球化這一大背景與話語下進行考 察,探討宗教所扮演的角色——在個人素質提升、家族治理、移民適 應、青少年社會化、民間慈善等方面,如何高度適應及融合了全球經 濟的境況。有別於國家發展戰略與跨國資本推動的全球化進程,...
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While Christianity is among the fastest growing religions in the reform era, state-led sporadic demolition campaigns have targeted unauthorized church structures and sites in order to contain massive Christian growth, especially in regions where there is a high concentration of Christian population. Such campaigns oft en stir heated international c...
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This paper explores the intersection of spiritual renewal and grassroots nationalism within contemporary Chinese Christianity through the case of Wenzhou “boss Christians”—an emerging group of Christian businessmen who have spearheaded the growth of independent churches in the coastal Wenzhou area. Prompted by their success in the new entrepreneuri...
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This paper explores the social and economic implications of indigenous Christian discourses and practices in the Wenzhou Chinese diaspora in Paris, France. Popularly known as China's Jerusalem, the coastal Chinese city of Wenzhou is home to thousands of self-started home-grown Protestant churches and a million Protestants. Drawing on multi-sited fi...
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This paper explores the intersection of spiritual renewal and grassroots nationalism within contemporary Chinese Christianity through the case of an emerging group of Christian businessmen who have spearheaded the growth of independent churches in the coastal Wenzhou area, called "boss Christians." Prompted by their success in the new entrepreneuri...
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Since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949 and the subsequent withdrawal of foreign missionaries, Protestant Christianity has been thoroughly indigenized in China by weaving itself into ritual forms, sets of cultural assumptions, and the fabric of power relations derived from immediate local realities. In the absence of a central interpret...
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The paper addresses the changing dynamics of Protestantism in contemporary urban China through the lens of the Christian discourse of quality ( suzhi). Linking suzhiwith processes of identity and subject formation in the Chinese Protestant community, the paper shows that the religiosity of today’s Chinese Protestants is not so much related to acts...
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The paper addresses the changing dynamics of Protestantism in contemporary urban China through the lens of the Christian discourse of quality (suzhi). Linking suzhi with processes of identity and subject formation in the Chinese Protestant community, the paper shows that the religiosity of today's Chinese Protestants is not so much related to acts...
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This paper examines the rise of a group of affluent urban Christians in the post-Mao market transition to shed light on China's church-state relations in the reform era. Based on ethnographic data collected in Wenzhou, the most Christianized Chinese city and a pioneer in developing China's current market economy, this study portrays how local belie...
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Based on ethnographic data collected in a New York Chinatown church, this paper explores how ethnic socialization and upward assimilation work together, a primary theme of the segmented assimilation thesis, among working class immigrant Chinese youth who convert to Christianity. These youth are much more bi-cultural and more at risk than the Asian...
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Cet article aborde la question de l’évolution du protestantisme dans la Chine urbaine contemporaine à travers l’étude du discours chrétien sur le suzhi (“niveau” ou “qualité” des croyants), notion qui recouvre à la fois des dimensions culturelle, sociale, éducative et morale. Il s’agira de montrer, en mettant en regard la notion de suzhiet la forma...

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transnational socioreligious processes, global entrepreneurship, China's business and religious engagement with Europe