Today, on a given Sunday there are certainly more Christians attending service in China than in Europe. Throughout the last three decades, Christianity has been growing fast in Asia which was––amongst other things––due to diligent missionary work. A closer look shows that these efforts undertaken in China both mainland as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan, have been all but exclusively linked to Western Christians. It is, moreover, Chinese migrants and Chinese believers who are active in spreading the gospel. Interestingly, American Evangelicalism yet plays a particular role in this: its believe system is adopted, its means of missionary practice are borrowed and its health and wealth attitude is vaunted.
Thus, my dissertation envisages to investigate whether Chinese Protestant Christianity can be understood as a form of cultural heterogenization and differentiation in a globalized world. From a sociological perspective, this study aims to contribute to an ongoing discourse on how religion, globalization and migration are intertwined and, particularly, on how Christianity, formerly exclusively associated to the West, is transforming. Methodically, my research will focus on the transnational links of New York Chinatown churches with Protestant churches in the PRC, within a 1982-2008 time frame.