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

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

Speakers Brian GrimSenior Research Fellow in Religion and World Affairs, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Fenggang YangDirector, Center on Religion and Chinese Society, Purdue University, Mayfair YangDirector of Asian Studies, The University of Sydney , Australia, Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, Brian GrimSenior Research Fellow in Religion and World Affairs, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Fenggang YangDirector, Center on Religion and Chinese Society, Purdue University, Mayfair YangDirector of Asian Studies, The University of Sydney , Australia, Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Presiders Terrill E. LautzVice President and Secretary, Henry Luce Foundation, Terrill E. LautzVice President and Secretary, Henry Luce Foundation
June 11, 2008

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

Speakers Robert J. BarnettDirector, Modern Tibetan Studies Program, School of International and Public Affairs,, Columbia University, Dru C. GladneyPresident, Pacific Basin Institute, PomonaCollege, Rebecca NedostupAssistant Professor of Chinese History, BostonCollege, Robert J. BarnettDirector, Modern Tibetan Studies Program, School of International and Public Affairs,, Columbia University, Dru C. GladneyPresident, Pacific Basin Institute, PomonaCollege, Rebecca NedostupAssistant Professor of Chinese History, BostonCollege
Presiders Minky WordenMedia Director, Human Rights Watch, Minky WordenMedia 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 ChauLecturer in the Social Anthropology of China, University of London, Richard MadsenProfessor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of California, San Diego, Robert WellerProfessor and Chair of Anthropology and Research Associate, Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Boston University, Adam Yuet ChauLecturer in the Social Anthropology of China, University of London, Richard MadsenProfessor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of California, San Diego, Robert WellerProfessor and Chair of Anthropology and Research Associate, Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Boston University
Presiders Susan R. WeldDeputy Director, Georgetown Law - Asia, Susan R. WeldDeputy Director, Georgetown Law - Asia
June 11, 2008

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