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L'essor du pentecôtisme en Polynésie française : une histoire hakka

Abstract : While Pentecostalism exists today in French Polynesia, as in all the South Pacific States, it has followed an unusual path there, taking root initially (during the 1960s) within the Hakka Chinese immigrant community. Long perceived by the historic Protestant Church as a "Chinese-style Protestantism", it initially gave birth to several Hakka Churches, each of which combined cultural identity, integration into the Polynesian society and adherence to Christianity in different ways.
However, after a series of secessions, a significant number of Hakka converts and their children are to be found in a transcultural Church, the Assemblies of God of French Polynesia. The intersecting histories of Pentecostalism and of Hakka community in French Polynesia thus bear witness, in an exemplary fashion, to the gradual construction of a plural society (both multicultural and multi-confessional), which is in tension with the adherence of (almost) all the population to Christianity, as well with individual cultural identities.
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yannick Fer. L'essor du pentecôtisme en Polynésie française : une histoire hakka. Perspectives chinoises, Centre d'étude français sur la Chine contemporaine, 2004, pp.54-61. ⟨halshs-00067765⟩



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