Christian Responses to Asian Challenges: A Glocalization View on Christian Higher Education in East Asia

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Christian Responses to Asian Challenges: A Glocalization View on Christian Higher Education in East Asia. Edited by Philip YMCTI Sang Leung and Peter TzeMing Ng. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chung Chi College, Center for the Study of Religion and Chinese Society, 2007. Pp. 553. HK$100.

This volume, edited by two scholars of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), commemorates the fifty-fifth anniversary of Chung Chi College, one of the four constituent colleges of CUHK and the only one with a religious (Protestant) background. The editors collected twenty-one articles written by Chinese, Japanese, and Korean scholars and by two Westerners (Robert D. Woodberry and Mark R. Mullins).

Most articles focus on Christian higher education in a single nation: China, Japan, or Korea. Two articles, however, compare the situation in China with either that in Japan or that in Korea, and two articles are not geographically specific: Woodbenys chapter "The Social Impact of Missionary Higher Education" (pp. 99-120) and Kim Hyun Book's chapter "Changing Paradigms in Theological Education: Dreams and Visions of Higher Education" (pp. 421-40).

The editors of this volume introduce thenewterm "glocalization" to emphasize "the interactive relationship between globalization and localization, the interplay and the mutual influences between them. Hence, glocalization not only emphasizes the 'global/ but also the local"' (p. 3).

This volume on Christian higher education in China, Japan, and Korea is focused on topics such as nationalism and cosmopolitanism, Christian identity and visions, and indigenization processes. …