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December 8, 2021 - December 10, 2021

In Collaboration with Initiative for the Study of Asian Catholics


ONLINE – 8, 9, 10 December 2021 
This workshop explores the lived realities of Chinese Catholic communities established around the world as well as interactions among them and with Chinese Catholics in China.
​While most of the literature on Chinese Catholicism focuses either on its history in mainland China or on its complicated relationship with the Chinese Communist Party, this workshop turns the spotlight on the many Chinese Catholic communities who have long been living in Sao Paulo, Milano, Melbourne, Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, etc. Often, those communities are presented as a result of past migrations or as a mere attempt to preserve a particular ethno-religious identity. Thus, little attention is given to their on-going transformation and development – nor to their relations to other Chinese catholic communities present either around the globe or in mainland China. Furthermore, while social scientists have been paying a renewed interest in the Chinese diaspora and its religious dimensions, little attention has been oriented toward global Chinese Catholicism. Therefore, this e-workshop intends to not only investigate the diversity of global Chinese Catholic communities but also their current evolutions and networking.
To explore the on-going transformation of Global Chinese Catholicism, applicants are invited to consider the following questions:
What are the main features of Chinese Catholic communities present around the world? Which kind of ‘Chineseness’ are they producing and displaying? How are regional Chinese languages (Cantonese, Hokkien, etc.) and distinctive rituals (Lunar New Year, etc.) shaping their collective identities – as well as their relationship to specific regions of the People’s Republic of China (Provinces in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao)?
How is the Catholic religion passed on within families? What are the consequences of a settlement outside the country of origin on the transfer of the faith to the following generations? Does the secularization of certain countries have an influence on the passing on of the Catholic religion?
How do ethnically Chinese laypeople, extended families, and clergy members interact and shape those Chinese Catholic communities and their transnational interactions? How are they mobilizing new technologies and digital platforms to form and reform their communities and networks? 
How are Chinese Catholics living in Manila, Paris, Mexico, etc. negotiating their ethno-religious specificities with local governmental and ecclesial authorities? How do they respond to local socio-political and theological ideologies defining plurality as well as social and religious coexistence?
What are the transnational networks and circulations that global Chinese Catholicism generates (migrations for work, study, marriage, etc.)? How is the new global importance of China impacting those networks? (For instance, Chinese Catholics from mainland China going for pilgrimages to Rome, Paris, Saigon, Manilla; the influx of Chinese priests and nuns from mainland China serving those Global Chinese communities).   
How is the growing international presence of China transforming those Chinese Catholic communities? Which kind of new economic, political, religious opportunities and challenges does it bring? How are global Chinese Catholic communities responding to renewed anti-Chinese sentiments that the growing presence of China and the Covid-19 pandemic can generate?
This e-workshop is the first step of a collaborative project sponsored by ISAC and BRINFAITH to foster research on Global Chinese Catholicism. This e-workshop will occur online through zoom. It will be on December 8, 9, and 10, from 8 pm to 10 pm (Singapore Time), to accommodate researchers around the globe.
If you are interested in auditing or joining this e-workshop, please register by clicking on the link below or by sending an email to:  globalchinesecatholicism@gmail.com.
Eva Salerno and Angeline Wong


Wednesday, 8 December 2021

8.00 p.m. (Singapore Time) : Opening Remarks: Eva Salerno and Angeline Wong 

PANEL 1 – Moderator: Jonathan Tan


8.05 p.m.: 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines:

China and the Chinese Connections

Teresita Ang See (Past President of Philippine Association for Chinese Studies; Executive Trustee, Kaisa Heritage Center, Philippines)


8.25 p.m.: Chinese-Filipino Catholicism: Fusion or Confusion?

Fr. Aristotle C. Dy  (School President, Xavier School, Philippines)

8.45 p.m.: Q&A Session

Thursday, 9 December 2021


PANEL 2 – Moderator: Michel Chambon

8.00 p.m. (Singapore Time): The Pastoral Work of the Catholic Clergy with regard to the Chinese Diaspora in Lyon (France)

LIVE Yu-Sion (Sociologist, Université de La Reunion, France)


8.20 p.m.: Making Nuns in Manila

George Bayuga (Instructor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, United States) 

8.40 p.m.: Q&A Session

Friday, 10 December 2021


PANEL 3 – Moderator: Bernardo Brown

8.00 p.m. (Singapore Time): Hakka migrants and Chinese Catholics in Jamaica

Zichan Qiu (Research Assistant, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) and Ji Li (Assistant Professor of History at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)


8.20 p.m.: Dialogue in a Multireligious and Political Ecosystem: Understanding Catholic Relations with Other Religions in Mainland China

Stephanie M. Wong (Assistant Professor of Theology, Valparaiso University, Indiana, US)

8.40 p.m.: Q&A Session

9:45 p.m.: Concluding Remarks, David Palmer BRINFAITH 


December 8, 2021
December 10, 2021
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Via Zoom (Registration required)


Initiative for the Study of Asian Catholics