Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Chinese restaurant business and Taiwanese pentecostalism in Southern California
by Cho, Yuhsien, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 60; 1527479
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines a Taiwanese Pentecostal church's engagement with the Chinese restaurant business in southern California and its cultural significance in today's transnational world. This thesis provides insight into how the Taiwanese Pentecostal church creates a transnational imagined community for negotiating religious identity through business practices and constructs a ''third place" among consumers of Chinese food in southern California. This thesis seeks to fill the gap in literature on Pentecostalism by arguing the Taiwanese Pentecostal church's restaurant business can be seen as a new form of Pentecostal expression emerging in the global era of the 21st century. Its flourishing restaurant business facilitates its transnational outreach and networks and thus suggests a new dimension of religious transnationalism. This thesis provides a framework for examining these networks and understanding how indigenized Taiwanese Pentecostal churches engage in business to survive in today's competitive global market of religion.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, Robert Scott
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Cultural anthropology, Asian Studies
Keywords: Localization, Religion, Taiwanese churches, Taiwanese people, Transnationalism
Publication Number: 1527479
ISBN: 978-1-303-77372-3
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