China is the only country in Far East in which Jews have continually lived for over 1,000 years. The best-known Jewish community in China is the Kaifeng Jewry. What, if any, has been official policy of China towards Jews and their religious practices? This article seeks to explain the issue from a historical perspective with a focus on the Kaifeng Jews, who have lived in China for many hundred years but are not considered as official ethnic group. It does so by exploring official attitudes (based on available documents) towards the Jews of Kaifeng over the past five decades.
KeywordsJudaism Kaifeng Jews Chinese policy religion ethnics
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