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The "Short-Waved Faith": Christian Broadcasting And Protestant Conversion Of The Hmong In Vietnam

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The author's aim in this chapter is to understand why the conversions of thousands of Hmong could be made possible by Far East Broadcasting Company's (FEBC's) proselytizing programmes. The chapter starts with a discussion of some theoretical issues in the conceptualization of the relation between religion and media and how they provide epistemological and methodological frameworks for the understanding of the Hmong conversion. It then examines the history and strategies of FEBC programmes. The chapter also describes how the Hmong responded to FEBC's call for faith in Christianity. It finally indicates several critical questions that deserve more empirical and epistemological attention in religious studies.

Keywords: Christianity; Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC); Hmong conversion; Vietnam



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