Dr. Chris White (Purdue University)
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.