ChinaSource QuarterliesChinese Diaspora

Chinese in Today's World

Vol. 14, No. 2


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China is experiencing a third diaspora. From South Africa to Ukraine, from Peru to Australia, 18 million Chinese have moved abroad legally, along with many others entering countries illegally, and have settled in 150 different countries since the reforms of 1978 through 2008.1 They are by no means a homogenous group. Professionals, business men and women, semi-skilled and unskilled workers, students and the wealthy, for a variety of reasons are leaving China, some for the short-term and others long-term. Do these people have opportunities to hear the gospel, and what impact is it having on them? Are Christians in their host countries reaching out to them? Are those who leave China as Christians ministering to their countrymen and others? What about the diaspora Chinese church? This edition of the ChinaSource Quarterly looks at some of these issues.

Brent Fulton

Brent Fulton

Brent Fulton is the president of ChinaSource and the editor of the ChinaSource Quarterly. Prior to assuming his current position, he served from 1995 to 2000 as the managing director of the Institute for Chinese Studies at Wheaton College. From 1987 to 1995 he served as founding US director of... View Full Bio