Hong Kong's Catholicism reflects globalized aesthetic

  • Side chapel to martyrs and saints of Asia, St. joseph Church, Hong Kong.
  • Main altar of St. Joseph Parish, Hong Kong: Chinese Hong Kong Catholics tend overwhelmingly to prefer Wester-style images in their churches.
  • St. Joseph Parish, Hong Kong. Chinese Hong Kong Catholics tend overwhelmingly to prefer Wester-style images in their churches.
  • Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Pui To Road,Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong

The population of Hong Kong grew enormously after the 1948 revolution in China. While some churches, like the cathedral, predate that period, the vast majority date to the 1960s.

Missionary clergy who wanted to indigenize Catholicism by including statues and paintings that depict Jesus or Mary with an Asian face speak with some disappointment about the desire among Hong Kong Chinese to stick with images that portray them with European looks.

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