Protestant and online: the case of Aiyan

Wielander, G. 2009. Protestant and online: the case of Aiyan. China Quarterly. 197, pp. 165-182.

TitleProtestant and online: the case of Aiyan
AuthorsWielander, G.
Abstract

This article presents Aiyan, an electronic house church publication, as a case study of a resistance community using up-to-date technology in the dual context of China’s modernization and government repression. Based on detailed content analysis supported by results from fieldwork, the article introduces Aiyan’s background as an underground publication, its online existence, its visual character, its content and its aims. It then proceeds to analyse Aiyan’s attempts at identity formation within the complex realities of religious activity in China and finally identifies five main areas of political engagement within Aiyan: freedom of religious belief and legalization of status; rights awareness and rights education; defiance of the regime; rural-urban co-operation; and engagement of liberal intellectuals. The article concludes with an evaluation of the possible influence this sector of the house church community may have on China’s political transformation.

KeywordsChina, Christianity, e-media
JournalChina Quarterly
Journal citation197, pp. 165-182
ISSN0305-7410
Year2009
PublisherCambridge University Press
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1017/S0305741009000095
Publication dates
Published2009

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