Belonging to a global family of God in Hong Kong: the relevance of religion in facing an uncertain future

Mariske Westendorp*

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Abstract

In descriptions of their religion, Hong Kong Catholics tend to emphasize the perceived universal character of the Catholic Church. In this report I explore this emphasis by analyzing what this characteristic means for my informants. I argue that the universality of Catholicism gives Hong Kong Catholics meaning in the world in which they live. As residents of the Hong Kong SAR and citizens of the PRC, “Hongkongers” are faced with an uncertain future. In this uncertain situation, they search for a stable anchor. The universal Catholic Church offers them this, by giving them a sense of belonging to a global family of God. This report thus presents a different understanding of what it means to be a Hong Kong resident in today’s world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-132
Number of pages17
JournalAsian anthropology
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Catholicism
  • Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong future
  • religious belonging
  • universal Catholic Church

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