Contemporary Civilizing Missions? International Christian NGOs in China's Ethnic Minority Areas

27 January 2009 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Chatham House, London


Speaker: Dr Miwa Hirono, RCUK Research Fellow, Centre for International Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution, University of Nottingham

Dr Kerry Brown, Senior Fellow, Asia Programme Chatham House
Dr Richard Pascoe, Director, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham



Despite its strict control of religious freedom, China has seen an influx of international NGOs, many of them of Christian origins. The speaker will argue that their activity evokes the historical precedent of Christian missionaries, whose activities were intricately linked to their idea of a 'civilizing mission', and will analyse the interactions between international Christian NGOs and ethnic minorities in the Tibetan Plateau and Yunnan Province.

Dr Hirono is RCUK Research Fellow at the Centre for International Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution at the University of Nottingham's School of Politics and International Relations as well as Research Fellow at Nottingham's China Policy Institute. She has taught at the Australian National University and was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Anthropology and Ethnology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing (2003-2004). The speaker has recently published Civilising Missions, a book on religious international NGOs in China.

This meeting will be held on the record.