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Operation China: Introducing All the People of China Paperback – August, 2003
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About the Author
He's a native of New Zealand and lives in northern Thailand with his wife Joy and son Dalen. His previous publications include The 50 Most Unreached People Groups of China and Tibet, The Peoples of Vietnam, and China's Unreached Cities.
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Have you ever wondered why modern ethnic divisions so closely follow the boundaries of nation-states?
Hattaway doesnt attempt to answer these questions directly. But this book is a cornucopia of the relevant raw data, as concerns the vast area we now know as China.
Centuries of absorptive imperial policy have erased millenia of fascinating political, cultural, and genetic history in China's core regions. In most parts of China, practically everyone is raised to think of themselves as simply part of the "Chinese" ethnic, cultural, and political monolith.
Modern continuations of those imperial policies regrettably ban almost all politically non-motivated research, meaning very little accurate information is available. But at the edges of the empire, where the digestive processes have only had a few centuries to work, there is still a lot of colorful variety to be observed. And thankfully, there are still-independent neighboring nations from which to document those observations.
From a vantage point in nearby Thailand, where many of the same ethno-genetic blocs are represented, Hattaway has been able to glean enough information to weave together a remarkably extensive picture of the ethnic situation within China, primarily its South and Southwest.
The resulting tapestry is a valuable collection of information for anyone, whether their interest is in global evangelism like the author, or in more secular perspectives: Human anthropology, Southeast Asian history, minority affairs come to mind--anything that involves the relationships between genetics, geography, politics, and culture.
The real world is much more complicated than the two questions I started out with would imply.Read more ›
At the front is an overview of China, Chinese (both the people and the language) and a background of the contents and methods used to collect it.
This book is fascinating to me, a long-term student of Chinese, and a Christian in a Chinese Church. For days I flipped through it reading more and more interesting material - I couldn't put it down!
One aspect jumped out at me, and that is the small graph on each page describing the proportion of people who had not heard the Gospel, the proportion who don't (yet) believe after hearing the Gospel, and the proportion of practicing Christians. What jumped out was the graph for the Lisu people. Whereas most graphs showed 80 to 90% had not heard the Gospel, and only 4 or 5% were practicing Chrisitans, the Lisu were different with over 40% being practicing Christians. Why? Whilst it is hinted at in the text, I'm convinced that this is mostly the result of one man giving up over 20 years of his life to work as missionary in Lisuland: James O Fraser. He laboured year in, year out, taking more than 5 years before seeing his first convert, until finally the Holy Spirit swept through those villages like a storm. So strong were the conversions that the Lisu, perhaps alone of all Chinese races, survived the Cultural Revolution with their church intact.
This shows the difference that one soul can make to this world. Maybe this could be *you* in future?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book provides a massive amount of material that helps you learn and also pray for this complex country.Published 6 months ago by Donald W. Wright
This book is amazing! I use it to pray for the many people groups in China. You are given the area, their beliefs and even a picture, usually in their native dress. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this book as a gift for my son. He is very interested in China, and was planning a trip there. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Amy Ward
Very thorough research regarding the various people groups of China. Our church was primarily interested in the Giay people group. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by C. H. Fuller
I had seen "Operation China" while still teaching in southern Africa, and was glad to find it once again. Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Hugh