Journal of Applied Missiology, Volume 2, Number 2

Asia Bibliography

by Bob Buchanan


Alba, Manuel S. (Project Coordinator).

The Philippines: Land and People. Manila: The Kalinangan Group, 1986. This series of four volumes was produced as a project of Mrs. Imelda Marcos by a number of prominent Philippine scholars. It covers all regions of the Philippines plus Metro Manila. The series not only explores Philippine history beginning with pre-Spanish time, but also examines the geography, sociology, culture, rising nationalism, and other facets of Philippine life. The very readable material is constantly interrupted by interesting photos and drawings of Filipino life. This series shows the Philippines from a Philippine perspective.

Ching, Julia.

Probing China's Soul. San Francisco: Harper and Row Publishers, 1990. Using her resources from the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as her own personal experiences, Ching seeks to analyze the causes of the student revolt and bloody aftermath of Tienanmen Square of June 4, 1989. To probe the soul of China, she looks back to the formation of the Communist Party in Shanghai in 1921, the rise of Mao Zedong, the causes and effects of the Cultural Revolution, and the power struggles under Mao and Deng Xiaoping. She asserts the desire of the Chinese to be free human beings as well as patriotic citizens, and affirms that true religious freedom cannot be attained without freedom of speech and association.

Hall, G. D. E..

A History of Southeast Asia. St. Martin's Press, Third Edition, 1968. An unmatched, almost encyclopedic compendium of Southeast Asian matters. Erudite and clear, Hall's volume belongs on all shelves as a point of reference.

Karnow, Stanley.

In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines. Ballantine Books, 1989. The most westernized of Asia's lands, the Philippines passed from Spain's evangelistically oriented hegemony to that of the United States. Replete with contemporary applications, the book describes how the Americans tried to reshape the islanders in their own image.

Reischauer, Edwin O and Fairbank, John King.

East Asia: The Great Tradition. Houghton Mifflin, Volume I, 1960. Drawing on their vast experience and profound scholarship, the authors have created a foundation work for those interested in Asia. This volume moves the various civilizations of East Asia to the brink of modernization.

Rizal, Jose. Noli Me Tangere.

(Translation by Leon Guerrero). Hong Kong: Longman Group and Company Limited, 1973. This famous novel by the great hero of the Filipinos, "Touch Me Not," gives a graphic picture of the conditions that led to the Philippine Revolution against Spain at the close of the nineteenth century. The reader can thus better discern the foundations for nationalism that arose in the Philippines following the production of this book.

Spence, Jonathan D..

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. Penguin, 1984. The prospective missionary can learn at the feet of one of the West's first and most successful messengers to the celestial kingdom. Spence marvelously illuminates Ricci's extraordinary missionary accomplishments.


Andres, Tomas D. and Ilada-Andres, Pilar Corazon B..

Understanding The Filipino. Quezon City, Philippines: New Day Publishers, 1987. Andres and Andres give a profile of the Filipino, emphasizing particular cultural traits and foundations of the Filipino value system. Much attention is given to the practical day-by-day interactions of Philippine society and ethical, normative behavior patterns. Some attention is also given to expatriates in Filipino society.

Bloodworth, Dennis.

The Chinese Looking Glass. Dell, 1972. A popularly-written volume, this is for the beginner in Asian studies. Written by a journalist long resident in Asia, the work is an excellent introduction to "what makes the Chinese tick."

Bloomfield, Frena

. The Book Of Chinese Beliefs: A Journey Into The Chinese Inner World. Great Britain: The Anchor Press, 1983. Earth magic, ghost weddings, passports to the after-life-- the spirit world of the Chinese exists side-by-side with everyday reality, and affects every aspect of Chinese life from diet and decor to getting married or opening a business. This is a fascinating introduction to a rich culture where the dead are ever present and even the siting of a house or village is governed by the laws of earth magic.

Christopher, Robert C..

The Japanese Mind. Fawcett Columbine, 1983. This is an excellent primer, a perceptive appraisal of the elusive Japanese culture. Christopher seeks to explain, not Japan's economic achievement, but its people and the broad spectrum of their lives.

Church, Timothy A..

Filipino Personality: A Review of Research and Writings. Manila: De La Salle University Press, 1986. This Monograph was produced by the author while he was a Visiting Professor at De La Salle University in Manila. It contains descriptive surveys of valued characteristics of Filipinos penetrates to the world view of that society. Its examination of important traits of Filipino values is quite useful.

Nelson, Lynn H. and Peebles, Patrick.

Classics of Eastern Thought. Harcourt Brace Javonovich, 1991. An exceptionally valuable source book, this provides English translations of some fifty Asian texts. Ranging through time from 400 B. C. to the present, Asian religious, literary, political, and philosophical figures speak for themselves.

Spence, Jonathan D..

The Search For Modern China. Norton, 1990. A remarkable achievement by one of the West's most eminent sinologists. A book for those who truly wish to know China.

Steadman, John M..

The Myth of Asia: A Refutation of Western Stereotypes of Asian Religion, Philosophy, Art and Politics. Simon and Schuster, 1969. The title aptly describes the purpose of the book. An Antidote to simplistic views of Asia common in the West; the essential commonalities of man emerge.

Welty, Paul T..

The Asians: Their Evolving Heritage. Harper and Row, Sixth Edition, 1984. This basic book introduces to westerners the social and economic environment, together with the variety of thought systems, prevalent in Asia. Start with this book if you wish to know Asia.


Bong Rin Ro (Editor).

Christian Alternatives To Ancestor Practices. Taiwan: Asia Theological Association, 1985. "If I become a Christian, do I have to stop participating in the ancestor worship rituals of my family?" Most first-generation Chinese, Japanese and Korean Christians in East Asia are battling this crucial issue as they attempt to find Christian alternatives to these practices. In this book, sixteen Asians and four western Christians express their views on this crucial issue from the biblical, historical, practical and grass roots perspectives, and provide Asian Christians with alternatives to ancestral practices.

Chao, Jonathan.

The China Mission Handbook. Hong Kong: Chinese Church Research Center, 1989. This book is a primer for those just learning about Christianity in China. The book is divided into three parts giving: (1) the history of Christianity in China and the dynamics of its growth, (2) a guide to China's provinces and its minorities, and (3) a practical directory of bibliographical sources, cities, registered churches, and tips for Christian visitors.

Henry, Rodney L..

Filipino Spirit World. Manila: OMF Publishers, 1986. A good primer for the examination of the underlying animism of many Filipino people over which Catholicism and Protestantism have been laid. The result has been "Folk Catholicism" and "Folk Protestantism." While the "imported" religion focuses on ultimate concerns, the traditional ceremonies are used to wrestle with everyday concerns.

Hinton, Keith.

Growing churches Singapore Style: Ministry In An Urban Context. Singapore: Overseas Missionary Fellowship, 1985. "The churches have not done well in most of the cities of the world," says Keith Hinton. "The great People Movements have taken place among country people. Singapore is, in this and many ways, a remarkable urban exception. There is a People Movement daily gaining momentum in Singapore, and that has caused the church to grow from somewhere between one and three percent of the population in 1959 to over eleven percent today. It is that phenomenon which is to become the focus of this study."

Leung, Beatrice.

"The Triangle Relation: Hong Kong, China, and the Vatican," Missiology, 19 (April, 1991); 217-229. This article shows the importance of Hong Kong in Sino-Vatican relationships. The Vatican in various ways is using Hong Kong as a bridge between itself and mainland China. Five current types of bridges, frequently at odds with each other, are described in the article. Hong Kong is significant to Catholic plans because the British plan to restore Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.

McInnes, Donald E.,

Religious Policy and Practice in Communist China. A comprehensive study of the religious situation in China during the decades of the 1950's and 1960's.

__________________, Religion in China Today: Policy and Practice. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1989. This book, a companion to McInnes' earlier work, is a comprehensive compilation of documents regarding Chinese religious policy during the 1980's.

Tan, Lucy.

The Christian Answer To Ancestral Worship. Malaysia: Asian Beacon, 1979. This booklet is an attempt to meet the immediate, urgent need existing among Christians in Malaysia and Singapore concerning the issue of ancestral worship. It does not profess to give the perfect answer, but has been written with the hope that it will help the individual himself to come to his own Christian answer to ancestral worship.

Tuggy, Arthur.

The Philippine Church: Growth In A Changing Society. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1971. In this addition to the Eerdmans Church Growth series studies in the development of mission around the world, Arthur L. Tuggy provides an exhaustive examination and analysis of the Philippine church. Two important principles emerge from this study. The first major consideration stressed by the author is the fact that the Church grows in a specific context - within the matrix of society itself - and that mission efforts, therefore, must take into account the whole range of social and cultural "givens" operative within that context. The second basic principle of church growth finding expression in this book is that the great advances of the Church have not occurred at just any time, regardless of the historical and social environment; rather, these advances have always happened at special, historically opportune times.

Yun, Lu.

Religion in China: 100 Questions and Answers. Beijing: New Star Publishers, 1991. This writing reports the official positions of the Communist government on religious activities in the country.



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