African Pentecostal Migrants in China: Marginalization and the Alternative Geography of a Mission Theology
Heidi Østbø Haugen has published a new article about African Pentecostal churches in Guangzhou, China. She explains that, in contrast to the government-approved nondenominational church for foreigners, these churches and their congregations are marginalized, but in the churches the African migrants take centre stage.
First, Africans are given responsibility for evangelizing the Gospel, as Europeans are seen to have abandoned their mission. Second, China is presented as a pivotal battlefield for Christianity. And finally, Guangzhou is heralded for its potential to deliver divine promises of prosperity. This geographical imagery assigns meaning to the migration experience, but also reinforces ethnic isolation.
The full text is available on the African Studies Review website