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“Win China for Christ through Radio”: Religious Broadcasting and the American Missionary Movement in Nationalist China

  • Michael A. Krysko
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)

Abstract

“Mr. Chang” credited his conversion to Christianity in early 1937 to the Shanghai-based Christian broadcasting station XMHD. The American missionary-affiliated Shanghai Christian Broadcasting Association [SCBA] owned and operated XMHD. The organization celebrated Mr. Chang’s account as an example of harnessing radio’s tremendous power and influence over its listeners in the service of spreading Christianity. “Mr. Chang … having heard talks on public health and hygiene together with the doctrine of Christ became greatly anxious,” the SCBA wrote to the American missionary periodical, The Chinese Recorder. The SCBA further reported that Chang visited their Shanghai office poised to abandon his “false” Buddhist faith and accept the “true” Christian faith. That visit to the SCBA offices ultimately convinced Chang to make the switch. The SCBA touted other success stories as well. A wealthy merchant who lost his fortune when he contracted a debilitating disease found Christ after hearing XMHD’s broadcasts. A former political leader from Jiangsu, once “bitterly opposed Christianity,” also converted after listening to an XMHD program. There was “Mr. Yang,” a printer and “ardent idolator” [sic] who, while recovering from an illness, “casually turned on his wireless.” He heard an XMHD program about good health that also celebrated the virtues of believing in Christ. “Each sentence seemed to fit Mr. Yang exactly,” the SCBA reported. Yang converted, along with his family.1

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International Settlement American Missionary Christian Identity American Radio Nationalist Regime 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Krysko
    • 1
  1. 1.Kansas State UniversityUSA

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