‘As Plants Grow Towards Sunlight…: Amity Foundation’s Social Function in Historical Perspective

  • Gerda Wielander


Wielander’s chapter looks at the origins of Amity Foundation, one of China’s first charitable organisations. The chapter critically analyses its cooperation with the government, using its NGO Training Centre as focal point. Rather than using contemporary social science theories, this chapter contextualises Amity’s case study using historical reference points, specifically the behaviour of social organisations in the 1920s and the modus operandi of independent Chinese publications in the 1980s. Both reference points provide evidence that overlap and cooperation between official and non-official organisations, as we see in China today, is consistent with previous Chinese approaches and is actively sought by social organisations (not just imposed from the top) to ensure the success of their projects.


Chinese Communist Party Village Doctor Charitable Organisation Party Secretary China Today 
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  • Gerda Wielander
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  1. 1.Modern Languages and CulturesUniversity of WestminsterLondonUK

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