Handbook of Protest and Resistance in China
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Handbook of Protest and Resistance in China

Edited by Teresa Wright

Featuring contributions from top scholars and emerging stars in the field, the Handbook of Protest and Resistance in China captures the complexity of protest and dissent in contemporary China, while simultaneously exploring a number of unifying themes. Examining how, when, and why individuals and groups have engaged in contentious acts, and how the targets of their complaints have responded, the volume sheds light on the stability of China’s existing political system, and its likely future trajectory.
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Chapter 21: Protestant resistance and activism in China’s official churches

Carsten Vala


In 2014, the Chinese government launched a campaign to remove crosses in Zhejiang Province, setting off collective action by official church leaders and their congregants for the following two years. Resistance to state action by China’s Protestants takes multiple forms, many of which are far less dramatic than efforts to block local authorities’ drive to reduce Christianity’s visibility in and around Wenzhou—known as China’s Jerusalem for having the highest percentage of Christian adherents. Drawing on a range of sources—from publications by overseas NGOs and Christian advocacy organizations, church newsletters and state media, to grassroots fieldwork—this chapter argues that Christian resistance in Xi Jinping’s China takes many forms, and that resistance to the anti-cross campaign in particular illustrates the growing assertiveness and organizational capacity of religious believers, who draw on local, national and international allies in seeking to defend church interests.

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