Religious Groups in the Rapidly Changing Society: East Asia

Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
June 18-20, 2016

Jiayin Hu, Yun Huang

Organized by the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University and Department of Sociology at Kyung Hee University, Religious Groups in a Rapidly Changing Society: East Asia was held in Seoul, Korea from June 18-20, 2016. The conference attracted more than 60 scholars from the United States, mainland China, Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan, among whom 38 scholars presented papers.

China’s unprecedented social and economic changes experienced in the past decades have amazed the world. In their own ways, Japan and Korea have also encountered rapid social changes in the past half century. How different religious groups in those transitioning societies occur, develop and disperse with contextual social changes is intriguing and worthy to explore.