Belief, Ethnicity, and State: Christianity of Koreans in Northeastern China and Their Ethnic and National Identities
How do ethnic groups in multi-ethnic states construct a common national identity? Undoubtedly, religion is one of the main factors that make up ethnic identity. So this case study, featuring the religious life of Chinese Korean Christians in Yanbian, Northeast China, offers a careful look at the complex relationship among religion, ethnicity, and state. It finds that Yanbian Korean Christians have a complex identity, with church life at its center. Yet they still identify as Chinese citizens. The author concludes that the difficulties they encounter as members of mostly unregistered churches further complicate their loyalties. Fuller freedom of religious expression would, she anticipates, make them even more proud and grateful to be Chinese citizens.
KeywordsChina Christianity citizenship ethnic minorities Koreans Yanbian Province
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