Christmas Reverberations in Xiamen: Insights from a Grand Religious Festival in Contemporary China

  • Bram Colijn
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


“Sister Yu Weiping’s husband, Bo Xiaolong,” read a middle-aged woman in Xiamen’s Bailu church out loud. “Amen,” the congregation of some ninety people responded.



The fieldwork and development of this chapter were made possible with funding from the Faculty of Theology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam through the Sustainable Humanities programme of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). I thank Chris White for his patience, helpful comments, and reading suggestions throughout the editing process. I am especially grateful for the primary sources about Christmas in early twentieth century Xiamen that he provided. My supervisors Marianne Moyaert, Pál Nyíri, and Peter Peverelli at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Adam Yuet Chau at the University of Cambridge have inspired and encouraged me throughout my PhD trajectory. I also thank professor Yi Lin, my supervisor at Xiamen University, for the great talks and get-togethers with his student group. Many generous interlocutors and gatekeepers in Xiamen cannot be named here in order to safeguard their anonymity; without their help and hospitality I could not have written this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bram Colijn
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  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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