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Choir Zoom Sabbath School at Pacific Union College
Christie Chui-Shan Chow will present "The Development of Seventh-day Adventist Chinese Radio Broadcast in Hong Kong, 1976-2003" on February 25.
After the Seventh-day Adventist missionaries were expelled from China in 1950, British colonial Hong Kong gradually rose to become a springboard in East Asia for the missionaries to continue the Adventist work in mainland Chinese. This presentation explores how this happened by investigating the making of a radio ministry by local Hong Kong church leaders from the 1970s to the 2000s. The presentation argues that American Adventism had to give way to an indigenizing dynamic that undergirded the Hong Kong leaders to adapt the Adventist radio to the southern Chinese context.
Dr. Chow gained her doctoral degree in the Program of Religion and Society at Princeton Theological Seminary. Her book Schism: Seventh-day Adventism in Post-Denominational China (University of Notre Dame Press, 2021) is the first academic investigation that combines historical analysis and ethnographic method to interpret contemporary Chinese Seventh-day Adventism. Her scholarly works appear in many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, the most recent ones include: “From Persecution to Exile: The Church of Almighty God from China,” in Global Visions of Violence: Agency and Persecution in World Christianity (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2023) and “Seventh-day Adventists and Self-Strengthening,” in Chinese Theologies Volume One–Heritage and Prospect (New York: Fortress Press, 2023.) She co-edits The Oxford Handbook of Seventh-day Adventism. She has taught Chinese church history, Chinese Adventist history, and American Adventist history in the US, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China.