Transformation of religion and society

Transformation of religion and society in China under Mao and its contemporary legacies

Xiaoxuan Wang


The project showcases the experience of Wenzhou, a coastal region sometimes dubbed as “China’s Jerusalem.” It is based on in-depth research of rarely available state archives, oral historical interviews of local residents, and field investigations from 2011 to 2013. The goal of his project is, first, to illustrate through religion the shifting social organization and communal identities in post-1949 China and second, to reappraise the role of the Mao years in the making of religious modernity in China.