The religious composition of the Chinese Diaspora, focusing on Canada

Skirbekk V, Malenfant EC, Basten S, & Stonawski M (2012). The religious composition of the Chinese Diaspora, focusing on Canada. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51 (1): 173-183. DOI:10.1111/j.1468-5906.2012.01618.x.

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Abstract

The religious composition of the Chinese Diaspora varies by countries with the highest Christian share in the Philippines (86 percent) and the highest Buddhist share (84.3 percent) in Cambodia. The religiously unaffiliated are more likely found in Vietnam (74.7 percent), Canada (70.1 percent), and Austria (63 percent) and less likely found in the Philippines (0.6 percent) and Malaysia (1.5 percent). A further analysis of high-quality Canadian census data allows for a more in-depth focus. In 2001, 81 percent of the 125,000 Chinese migrants (those born in mainland China who had moved to Canada between 1996 and 2001) were unaffiliated, 11 percent were Christian, and 7 percent Buddhist. Relative to the topic of conversion, data on Chinese migrants admitted to Canada between 1981 and 1990 reveals growth in the proportion that self-identified as religiously affiliated (Christian as well as Buddhist) and a decline in the proportion who reported no religion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chinese Diaspora; Canada; Religious composition; Conversion
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; 51(1):173-183 (Published online 5 March 2012)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:46
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 12:52
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10007

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