Chasing the Chinese Dream in America: 20th-Century Chinese Christian Students in the United States and Their Quest for Modernization
Yi-Hsuan Chelsea Kuo
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, USA.
DOI: 10.4236/chnstd.2014.33015   PDF   HTML     3,948 Downloads   4,988 Views   Citations


This paper looks at the Chinese Christian students of the early 20th century in the light of their own publication The Chinese Christian Students. For these overseas Chinese students, Christianity represented not just a personal belief but a means of modernization, a way in which individuals could continually renew, or more accurately reaffirm, their identity via religious and ideological conversion. The author argues that Christianity provides these Chinese students a way to fulfill their traditional, “old China” role of literati in America, and thereby to build or at least to envision, a new modern China.

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Kuo, Y. (2014) Chasing the Chinese Dream in America: 20th-Century Chinese Christian Students in the United States and Their Quest for Modernization. Chinese Studies, 3, 113-119. doi: 10.4236/chnstd.2014.33015.

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