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ISBN: 9781783681099
Imprint: Langham Monographs
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 12
Publication Date: 30/09/2016
Pages: 220
Language: English

Mission through Diaspora

The Case of the Chinese Church in the USA


The Chinese diaspora is well known for transnational economic activity, but less so for the impact of the diasporic Chinese church in the USA and elsewhere in the world.

Surveying 652 US Chinese churches about their mission activities, along with interviews of a sub-set of respondents, Dr Wu provides analysis and explanation of mission activities using diaspora theories. The trend for Chinese diaspora church mission to take a “Chinese first” approach capitalizes on shared language, culture and transnational networks to advance the gospel. In this era of globalization, diaspora mission has never been so prescient.

With special emphasis on the context of short-term missions, this book presents fascinating insight to a significant element of the ministry of the global church. This case of the Chinese church in the USA has many applications in the consideration of global missions outside of the Chinese diaspora.

Author Bios

Jeanne Wu

JEANNE WU, born and raised in Taiwan, received a BS and MS at National Central University, Taiwan, an MA at Western Seminary, Oregon, USA and a PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Illinois, USA. She has worked as an engineer in Taiwan, a mission worker in mainland China and Germany, and a researcher and book translator in the USA. As part of the Chinese diaspora, she is particularly interested in global diaspora and its impact on global Christian outreach. Jeanne and her husband continue their work among Arab refugees and diaspora in the Middle East.


There are more than 1,000 Chinese churches in the USA now and the number is still increasing! Research is needed to understand the rise and influence of this emergent group and this book is a significant contribution to this understanding.

Joy Kooi-Chin Tong, PhD
Author and Professor,
Sociology Department & Center on Religion and Chinese Society,
Purdue University

Jeanne Wu bases her work upon careful research, not simply anecdotal reports, and brings significant personal experience to the study, which is reflected in her observations and recommendations. This is an original and important contribution to our understanding of global Christianity and contemporary missions.

Harold A. Netland, PhD
Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Studies,
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Chapter 1
    1. Introduction
      1. Statement of the Research Problem
      2. Significance of This Study
      3. Scope and Delimitation
  3. Chapter 2
    1. Diaspora and Mission in the Age of Globalization
      1. Theories of Globalization and Diaspora
        1. Globalization
        2. Diaspora
        3. Diaspora in the Globalized World
      2. Chinese Diaspora
        1. Classic Chinese Diaspora
        2. Modern Chinese Diaspora
      3. Diaspora Missiology
        1. Diaspora Missiology in Chinese Context
        2. Short-Term Mission as Diaspora Collaboration
      4. Short-Term Mission in the Age of Globalization
        1. The Problem of Difference and Distance
  4. Chapter 3
    1. Researching Chinese Diaspora in the USA
      1. Research Methods
        1. Quantitative Research
        2. Qualitative Research
      2. Homeland Relationship and Transnationalism of Chinese Diaspora
        1. Transnationalism in Economic Activity
        2. Transnationalism in Christian Mission
      3. Profile of Chinese Churches in the United States
        1. Overview
        2. Geographic Location
        3. Denomination
        4. Congregation
        5. Church Leadership
  5. Chapter 4
    1. Analyzing Diaspora Mission in Chinese Context
      1. “Chinese First” Missiology
      2. Chinese Diaspora Cooperation in Mission
      3. Advantage of Language
      4. A Progressional Mission Approach
      5. Summary
  6. Chapter 5
    1. Findings on Short-Term Missions by Chinese Churches in the USA
      1. Information Discovered from This Research
        1. Where Are the STM Teams Going?
        2. What Are Their Tasks?
        3. Who Is Going?
        4. Positive/Negative Impact and Effectiveness
      2. Evaluation of Short-Term Missions by Chinese Diaspora
        1. Evangelistic Efforts
        2. Spiritual Impact
        3. Cultural Encounter
        4. Social Engagement
        5. Relationships with the Receiving Communities
      3. Summary
  7. Chapter 6
    1. Implications and Conclusion
      1. Three Mission Stages of Chinese Churches in the USA
        1. 1)Local Local (mission through diaspora)
        2. 2)Global Local (mission through diaspora)
        3. 3)Global Global (mission by/beyond diaspora)
      2. Missiological Implications & Recommendations for Chinese Churches
      3. Conclusion
      4. Suggestions for Further Studies
  8. Appendix 1
    1. Cover Letter for Survey Package (in English and Chinese)
  9. Appendix 2
    1. Survey Questionnaire (in English and Chinese)
  10. Appendix 3
    1. Questionnaire Design
  11. Appendix 4
    1. Interview Questions
  12. Appendix 5
    1. Informed Consent Form
  13. Bibliography

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