Vancouver’s Chinese flock to Christianity more than Buddhism

Courtesy: Sun City
Chinese Christians in Vancouver.
Metro Vancouver’s more than 100,000 Chinese Christians are creating a unique new arm of the global church as they have an increasingly stronger impact on this region of 2.1 million. Contrary to conventional wisdom about the kinds of religions followed by most people from Asia, there are far more Chinese Christians in Metro Vancouver than Chinese Buddhists.About 24 per cent of the more than 450,000 people of Chinese descent in Metro Vancouver tell Canada census they are Christians, compared with only 14 per cent who say they are Buddhist.

There are more than 110 Protestant Chinese churches in Metro Vancouver, operating in Mandarin, Cantonese and sometimes English. In addition, there are dozens of Catholic congregations filled with Chinese people.This huge network of mostly conservative Chinese Christians is well organized — served by more than 26 Chinese-language Christian newspapers, magazines, radio stations and theological organizations. Chinese Christians in Metro Vancouver are blending both West and East Asian culture as they form their own style of the religion based on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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