Coming home: a study of values change among Chinese postgraduates and visiting scholars who encountered Christianity in the U.K.
Dickson, Deborah (2013) Coming home: a study of values change among Chinese postgraduates and visiting scholars who encountered Christianity in the U.K. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This thesis examines changes in core values held by postgraduate students and visiting scholars from China who professed belief in Christianity while studying in UK universities. It is the first study to ascertain whether changes remain after return to China. Employing a theoretical framework constructed from work by James Fowler, Charles Taylor, Yuting Wang and Fenggang Yang, it identifies both factors contributing to initial change in the UK and factors contributing to sustained change after return to China. It shows that lasting values change occurred. As a consequence, tensions were experienced at work, socially and in church. However, these were outweighed by benefits, including inner security, particularly after a distressed childhood. Benefits were also experienced in personal relationships and in belonging in a new community, the Church.
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