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1A Review on “Ethnic and Transnational Dimensions of Recent Protestant Conversionamong the Hmong in Northern Vietnam”StudentInstructorInstitutionCourseDate
2IntroductionThe article focuses on Evangelical Protestantism conversion among the Hmong inNorthern Vietnam. A large percentage of this population has converted to evangelicalprotestants. The Vietnamese government associates this conversion with strict politicalsurveillance. The ethnic and transnational aspects of this conversion such as suddenness andmagnitude have also led to special attention from political and international religious parties.The author makes an effort to comprehend the conversion's nature and its relationship to20th-century global activities of Christian mission and conversion. High levels of povertyencourage conversion. Transnational religious networks also support this conversion byfunding and employing evangelistic radio broadcasts in local languages, as well as bydistributing religious symbols and goods. This is made possible by utilizing ethnic affiliationsabroad and the organizational and communication power provided by Protestant churches.The author delves more into how globalization makes it feasible for marginalized ethnicminorities and non-state people to modify their social, cultural, and identity. The articledescribes the interaction between the recent converts and their foreign missionaries. It alsoexplains the connection between the conversion of ethnically marginalized communities toChristianity in the modern world.DiscussionReligious Conversion and TransnationalismExpansion of religion is directly linked to migration. Conversion to Christianity isbecoming a global norm. Religion expansion and the need to maintain a bond betweenChristian communities across the world are the roots of Christianity. Global-scale religiousnetworks significantly contribute to the high conversion rates to Christianity around theworld. However, most of the Hmong's conversions to Evangelical Protestantism do not yet
3have official approval from state authorities. I think that since it is prohibited, protestantworship is conducted in the world of covert home churches. However, the primaryMissionization pathways are informal religious networks. I concur withNgô (2010, 4)thatthis is due to the network society giving movements and flows a higher priority than formalorganizations. An additional reason is that transnationality is the globalization element.Informality being the main reason behind the government restrictions, a process of changinginto formal structures is incorporated. However, even behind the formalization process,transnationality does not care what the government policy may be, it still plays itself out.

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Religious conversion, Hmong people, Hmong customs and culture, American Hmong

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