Religion and the Future of China Symposium

Staff: Walter Russell Mead, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, and Timothy Samuel Shah, Former Adjunct Senior Fellow for Religion and Foreign Policy
June 11, 2008 - New York, NY

This symposium, directed by Walter Russell Mead and Timothy Shah, explored how China’s various major religious traditions (village-based folk religion, Buddhism, neo-Confucianism, Roman Catholicism, evangelical Protestantism, Islam, and new religious groups such as the Falun Gong) are contributing to its economic, social, and political development – and stirring up controversy. It also addressed the ways in which religion is playing a stabilizing and destabilizing role in China at the moment, how Chinese government policy towards religion may be changing, and what the long-term consequences are likely to be for country’s social, economic, and political future.

This event was the fourth in the Religion and Foreign Policy Symposium Series at CFR and was funded through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

Summary Report of Symposium: Downloadable PDF

Meetings

Symposium

Religion and the Future of China, Session One: China’s Dynamic Religious Landscape

Speakers:

Brian Grim, Senior Research Fellow in Religion and World Affairs, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Fenggang Yang, Director, Center on Religion and Chinese Society, Purdue University, Mayfair Yang, Director of Asian Studies, The University of Sydney , Australia, Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Presider:

Terrill E. Lautz, Vice President and Secretary, Henry Luce Foundation
June 11, 2008

This meeting is on the record.

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Religion and the Future of China, Session Two: Religion and the State

Speakers:

Robert J. Barnett, Director, Modern Tibetan Studies Program, School of International and Public Affairs,, Columbia University, Dru C. Gladney, President, Pacific Basin Institute, PomonaCollege, Rebecca Nedostup, Assistant Professor of Chinese History, BostonCollege

Presider:

Minky Worden, Media Director, Human Rights Watch
June 11, 2008

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Religion and the Future of China, Session Three: Religion, Civil Society, and Economic Life

Speakers:

Adam Yuet Chau, Lecturer in the Social Anthropology of China, University of London, Richard Madsen, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of California, San Diego, Robert Weller, Professor and Chair of Anthropology and Research Associate, Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Boston University

Presider:

Susan R. Weld, Deputy Director, Georgetown Law - Asia
June 11, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.