The Introduction

Part of the Christianity in Modern China book series (CMC)


This introductory chapter discusses the theory of inculturation/indigenization. Paradoxically, the result of indigenization has had reverse effects making the Taiwan Church more global and universal than before. The indigenization of the Taiwan Church in various ways was possible in the first place because of the influx of large groups of church experts from Mainland China. Significant events in the iconic years of 1949 and 2015 in Taiwan and the Taiwan Church are discussed in the context of the Church’s inculturation. This chapter also introduces the characteristics of each writer in the volume in terms of their special academic disciplines depicting different aspects of the Taiwan Catholic Church and revealing the multifaceted aspects of Catholicism through history, philosophy, social science, linguistics, music and literature.


  1. Catholic Church Directory, Taiwan. 2014. Taipei: Secretariat of Chinese Regional Bishops’ Conference.Google Scholar
  2. Catholic Truth Society, 2011. Jiaohui shehui xundao huibian; Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Hong Kong: Catholic Centre.Google Scholar
  3. Chang Chuan-sheng, 2003. A Study of Everyday Life of Catholic Clergy in Taiwan, 1950s–1960s. Master degree thesis. Taipei: Shixin University.Google Scholar
  4. Lee Chunjuan, 2010. Zhui meng zhu meng: Líng xiu bentuhua gengyun sanshi nian [Chasing Dream and Building Dream: Three Decades of Laboring on Spiritual Inculturation]. Tainan: Presbyterian Bible College.Google Scholar
  5. Leung, Beatrice and Kuo Wen-ban, 2014. “Taiwan’s Role in the Chinese Catholic Church” in Cindy Yik-Yi Chu ed. Catholicism in China 1900–Present. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.Google Scholar
  6. Lin Tongfa, 2009. 1949 Da chetui [1949 Great Retreat]. Taipei: Lianjing.Google Scholar
  7. Shan Dexing, 2009. Que gu suolai jin [Look Back at the Path We Trod]. Taipei: Lianjing.Google Scholar
  8. Vogel, Ezra F., 1993. The Four Little Dragons: The Spread of Industralization of East Asia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  9. Yang Rubin, 2015. 1949 lizan [The Eulogy 1949]. Taipei: Lianjing.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wenzao Ursuline University of LanguagesKaohsiungTaiwan

Personalised recommendations