LEE Chi Chung Archie 李熾昌

Research Projects

  • Chinese Christian Women in Hong Kong
  • WONG Wai Ching Angela, LEE Chi Chung Archie
    1 April 2000
    The Council for World Mission

    Christian women constitute a highly interesting group in Hong Kong because of the latter's past hundredyear peculiar political setup. However, including the one on the Western women in early Colonial period, there are only a few historical or sociopolitical studies about them. With regard to the activities of Chinese Christian women in Hong Kong, almost nothing is written on them except the initial works done by Carl T. Smith. This situation is most unfortunate for two reasons. First, Chinese Christian women constituted a major force among early women's movement in Hong Kong. Until recently, Chinese Christian women as a collective are highly active in some of the most controversial local social and political debate. Second, from the beginning, Chinese Christian women's activities have always been set against an unique background of Hong Kong being a colony of a Christian nation (until 1997) and yet its population remained predominantly Chinese. Like all of the other Hong Kong Christians, they have been placed in a position between striving to be faithful to a religion of the colonizer while maintaining loyalty toward their nation during a century when China underwent series of political turbulence. For those women who are conscious of it, the struggle between dual identities have been doubled if we take into the consideration of women's assigned role and status in Chinese society. Consequently, a study of the activities of Hong Kong Christian women could lead us to an understanding of how the question of gender has entangled with the antagonistic rhetoric of colonialism and nationalism in the history of Hong Kong. (AL20007)

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