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MH526: CHRISTIANITY IN CHINA, KOREA, AND JAPAN (4 Units). Scott W. Sunquist.

DESCRIPTION: During the 20th century Christianity, an Asian religion, became resident in East Asia as an Asian religion. The countries of Korea, Japan, and China have common cultural threads that have shaped Christian development in particular ways. This course studies some of those trajectories of Christian development in East Asia as distinct from the West (although in dialog with the West) and as distinct from South Asia.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course students will (1) have demonstrated the ability to articulate various influences of western missions on the development of Christianity in each of the three countries; (2) have given a brief autobiography (explaining the significance for Christian development) of two or more influential Christian leaders from each country; (3) have demonstrated the role of western colonial governments in the development of Christianity in East Asia; (4) have demonstrated the impact of Japanese imperialism, communism, and (economic) globalization upon the development of Christianity in each country; and (5) have explained the interplay between Christian development between the three countries.

COURSE FORMAT: This class will meet once a week (3hrs) for 10 weeks. Class sessions will involve discussion based upon the week’s readings, with short lectures that will supplement the readings. The last two weeks of the course, students will be doing reports on their research. Students will be required to post questions and respond to online discussion, approximately one hour a week.

REQUIRED READING: Read a total of 1,200 pages (437 pages required plus additional reading the student will select from the General Reading list).

Required Reading (437 pages):

Bays, Daniel H. A New History of Christianity in China. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. ISBN: 978-1405159555, Pub. Price $41.95 [chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8; 115 pp. assigned].

Moffett, Samuel H, and Scott W. Sunquist. History of Christianity in Asia, Volume III. [Manuscript chapters will be available on moodle; approx. 100 pp. assigned].

Readings on eReserves:

Kwok, Pui-Lan. Chinese Women and Christianity, 1860-1927. Scholars Press, 1992. ISBN: 978-1555406707, Pub. Price $80.00 [chapters 3 and 4: 65-145; 80 pp. assigned].

Mullins, Mark R. Christianity Made in Japan, A Study of Indigenous Movements. University of Hawaii Press, 1998. ISBN: 978-0824821326, Pub. Price $27.00 [31-128; 97 pp. assigned].

Yu, Chai-shin, Korea and Christianity. Asian Humanities Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-0895818935, Pub. Price $25.00 [145-190; 45 pp. assigned].

General Reading List (select 763 pages to read from the following):

Buswell, Robert E. Jr, and Timothy S. Lee. Christianity in Korea. University of Hawaii Press, 2006. ISBN: 978-0824832063, Pub. Price $26.00 [pages 97-385; 288 pp. assigned].

Cao, Nanlai. Constructing China’s Jerusalem, Christians, Power, and Place in Contemporary Wenzhou. Stanford University Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0804773607, Pub. Price $21.95 [196 pp.].

Charbonnier, Jean-Pierre. Christians in China, A.D. 600 to 2000. Ignatius Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-0898709162, Pub. Price $29.95 [543 pp.; read from page 381].

Hamrin, Carol Lee, ed. Salt and Light: Lives of Faith that Shaped Modern China. Volumes I. Wipf and Stock, 2009. ISBN: 978-1556359842, Pub. Price $28.00 [224 pp. assigned].

Hamrin, Carol Lee, ed. Salt and Light: Lives of Faith that Shaped Modern China, Volumes II. Wipf and Stock, 2010. ISBN: 978-1606089552, Pub. Price $28.00 [252 pp. assigned].

Hamrin, Carol Lee, ed. Salt and Light: Lives of Faith that Shaped Modern China, Volumes III. Wipf and Stock, 2011. ISBN: 978-1610971584, Pub. Price $31.00 [249 pp. assigned].

Harvey, Thomas Alan. Acquainted with Grief: Wang Mingdao’s Stand for the Persecuted Church in China. Brazos Press, 2002. ISBN: 978-15874330398, ***OUT OF PRINT [183 pp.].

Sunquist, Scott W. A Dictionary of Asian Christianity. Eerdmans, 2001. ISBN: 978-0802387769, Pub. Price $44.00.

Wickeri, Philip L. Reconstructing Christianity in China, K.H. Ting and the Chinese Church. Orbis Books, 2007. ISBN: 978-1570757518, Pub. Price $50.00 [446 pp.].

Yao, Kevin Xiyi. The Fundamentalist Movement Among Protestant Missionaries in China, 1920-1937. University Press of America, 2003. ISBN: 978-0761827412, Pub. Price $68.99 [288 pp.].

RECOMMENDED READING: See above General Reading List.


  1. 1,200 pages of required reading and completion of three 2-page reflection papers based on assigned readings. On one paper your reflection will focus on the influence of western Christianity and imperialism upon the development of Christianity. Your other two papers will focus on indigenous Asian Christian leaders and/or the interaction between Christianity in the three countries. (25%).

  2. One hour Mid-term (20%).

  3. A research essay on an assigned topic [2,500-3,500 words] (40%).

  4. Attend all classes and participate in discussion (15%).




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