Jenifer Lin grew up in a Philadelphia suburb, her surgeon father often working and her American mother raising her and her siblings in her own Catholic faith. From 1996-99, Lin and her husband, Bill Stieg, along with their two children, lived in China, where she was based as a foreign correspondent in Asia for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
She reported on Hong Kong during the city's 1997 handover (ending British colonial rule), Jakarta during the fall of President Suharto, and Taiwan during tension with China. “But of all the news and issues I covered, the assignment that captivated me the most was the one right in front of me, the story of my Chinese family,” she says in her book.
She spent 37 years researching how five generations of her family embraced education and Christianity, clinging to the faith despite beatings, imprisonment and public humiliation during Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976.
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Christie Chui-Shan Chow teaches at City Seminary of New York.
Her research interests focus on church-state relations, conversion experiences, Christian ethics, and gender politics in contemporary Chinese Christianity.
Her recent publications include "Demolition and Defiance: The Stone Ground Church Dispute (2012) in East China," Journal of World Christianity 6, no. 2 (2016); "Indigenizing the Prophetess: Toward a Chinese Denominational Practice," in Anthony E. Clark (ed.), China's Christianity: From Missionary to Indigenous Church (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2017); and (co-authored with Joseph Tse-Hei Lee), Context and Horizon: Visualizing Chinese-Western Cultural Encounters in Chaoshan (Beijing: Sanlian chubanshe, 2017); "Revive, Survive, and Divide: Rebuilding Seventh-day Adventism in Wenzhou," in Lars Peter Laamann and Joseph Tse-Hei Lee (eds.), The Church as Safe Haven: Christian Governance in China (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2018).
She is working on a book that investigates Protestant revivalism in post-Maoist China.
Apart from teaching and researching, Christie connects her gifts with China via education ministry.
Joseph Tse-Hei Lee is Professor of History at Pace University in New York City.
He has published numerous works on Protestant movements in modern China, the most important ones include: The Bible and the Gun: Christianity in South China, 1860-1900 (New York: Routledge, 2003; Chinese edition, Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press, 2010), "Watchman Nee and the Little Flock Movement in Maoist China," Church History 74, no. 1 (2005): 68-95, and "Faith and Defiance: Christian Prisoners in Maoist China," Review of Religion and Chinese Society 4, no. 2 (2017): 167-192. He also co-/edits Christianizing South China: Mission, Development and Identity in Modern Chaoshan (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), a special issue on "Chinese Secret Societies and Popular Religions Revisited" for Frontiers of History in China 11. no. 4 (2016), Hong Kong and Bollywood: Globalization of Asian Cinemas (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), China's Rise to Power: Conceptions of State Governance (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Marginalization in China: Recasting Minority Politics (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), and The Church as Safe Haven: Christian Governance in China (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2018).
His current research examines the intersection of faith and politics in modern China.
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