Dr. Chris White

Dr. Chris White

Chinesische Geschichte

Chris White received his PhD in Contemporary Chinese History from Xiamen University in 2011. His dissertation focused on the lives of Late Qing and Republic-era Chinese Christians in Southern Fujian. After finishing his degree, Chris stayed on at Xiamen University as a Lecturer. His current research focuses on how Chinese Christians in Southern Fujian remember and commemorate their Christian heritage. He has published his research in Twentieth Century China, Ching Feng, and other journals and books.

Originally from Ohio, Chris initially came to China as a volunteer English teacher in Shandong, but after realizing he had more to learn than teach, he returned to the US for graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating with an MA in East Asian Studies, Chris returned to China to teach on and help manage a study abroad program for American college students studying in Xiamen. In total, Chris has lived in China for more than 10 years.

Chris White remains based in Xiamen and focus on the historical and contemporary Christian networks between Southeast Asia and Fujian.


[forthcoming] Sacred Dwellings: Protestant Ancestral Halls and Homes in Southern Fujian.” Chapter in forthcoming volume, Sinicizing Christianity, edited by Yangwen Zheng.

[Fall 2015] Guest co-editor for forthcoming (Fall 2015) special issue of Chinese Law and Government on Protestantism on the Chinese Internet. Co-edited with Mark McLeister.

[forthcoming 2015] “Protestant Funeral Processions in Southeast China: From Gangnam Style to Overt Evangelization.” Forthcoming (2015) article in Asia Pacific Perspectives.

[forthcoming 2015] Historical Christian Celebrations and Protestant Identity in Minnan.” Forthcoming (2015) in edited volume Christianity and Chinese Ethnicities [tentative title], edited by K.K. Lee and Yee-cheung Lau.

[forthcoming 2015] “Saving Chinese ‘Slave’ Girls in Republican China,” Twentieth-Century China, 39.1, 2014, pgs. 44-68. This article has been translated into Chinese and is forthcoming (2015) in the initial issue of Research on Gulangyu (Gulangyu Yanjiu).

[2013] “Displaced Gods and Riceless Christians: The Process of Conversion for Early Minnan Protestants,” in Religion Spread through the Ten Circuits: Studies in Modern Chinese Christianity through Regional Perspectives, edited by Wong Man-kong, Kwok Wai-luen, and Lau Yee-cheung, 2013, pgs. 675-724.

[2012] “Waves of Influence Across the South Seas: Mutual Support of Protestants in Minnan and Southeast Asia, 1835-1949,” Ching Feng, vol. 11.1, 2012, pgs. 29-54.

[2010] “Harnessing the Church in Today’s China: The Case of Xiamen’s Xinjie Church,” Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs, vol. 10.1, Winter, 2010, pgs. 53-64.

[2008] “Understanding China’s Minorities Through Learning Chinese,” Journal of Multicultural Discourses, vol. 3.2, 2008, pgs. 79-97.