The Passing of Glory: Urban Development, Local Politics and Christianity on Gulangyu

  • Jifeng LiuEmail author
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


In the wake of the First Opium War, Christianity entered Xiamen and thereafter played a major role in the modernization of Gulangyu Island. Trinity Church, built in 1934, was a witness to the prosperity of Christianity on this island. Despite the harsh repression during Mao’s political campaigns, Trinity Church survived and revived after its reopening in the late 1970s. However, the church was doomed to decline because of the state-led commercialization driven by the development of tourism on the island. As Gulangyu experienced rapid social, cultural, and demographic changes, Christianity on the island in general and Trinity Church in particular were inevitably affected. This chapter, based on an ethnographic research of Trinity Church, reveals the fate of Christianity on the changing island.



Follow-up research for this chapter was supported by China’s Ministry of Education under the project “The Cross-Border Construction and Influence of Traditional Religious Communities in Fujian Qiaoxiang in the Internet Era” (grant number: 17YJA840012).


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  1. 1.Center for Southeast Asian Studies & School of International RelationsXiamen UniversityXiamenChina

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