Though Western companies, from American automakers to European luxury firms, have recently gained a foothold in China, Christian religion has played a role there for much longer than General Motors or Hermes. Nonetheless, Christianity’s presence in China has been “hidden from the West for many years,” says Wenguang Huang in the introduction to his translation of God is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China (HarperOne, 2011) by Liao Yiwu, a dissident writer whose previous book landed him in jail.
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