Chinese Americans and Christianity

January 11, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On January 11, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "members of Chinese Christian Church in Silver Spring are staking out Chinese restaurants and markets and promoting a different type of blessing... Some volunteers have even pored through the Montgomery County phone book, looking for Chinese surnames, to send them mailings about Jesus Christ... In recent years, Chinese immigrants have been converting to Christianity and aggressively proselytizing. Nearly a third of Chinese Americans now attend church, compared with the small fraction who did 50 years ago, said Fenggang Yang, a leading scholar on Chinese Christianity at Purdue University. In the same time frame, the number of Chinese churches in the United States has grown from 66 to more than 1,000, including about two dozen in the Washington region."