Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

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Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (1989), 20:70-95 Cambridge University Press
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The Impact of Missionary Christianity Upon Marginalized Ethnic Minorities: The Case of the Hmong

Nicholas Tapp

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This paper combines historical with anthropological evidence on the relationship between Christianity and messianism among the Hmong of Southeast Asia and China. The lack of literacy is a motivating factor in Hmong Christian conversions. Messianism is seen as a reaction to Christian conversion, which encourages the alienation of minority groups.

Nicholas Tapp is Lecturer in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.