Christian China

Rosy Business (巾幗梟雄), the 2009 award-winning TVB television drama clinched the Best Actress and Best Actor Awards for its two main stars, Sheren Tang and Wayne Lai. The series was well received in Hong Kong but received mixed reviews in Mainland China since it bears similarities to another successful CCTV drama series, The Grand Gate Mansion (大宅門). That sounds rather like the problem faced by the other successful 2009 TVB costume drama, Beyond the Realm of Conscience ( 宮心計), said to resemble Korean drama, Jewel in the Palace(大長今). But never mind all that, I remember in Rosy Business, there is a mention of this Taiping Rebellion - that refers to the widespread civil war in China from 1850 to 1864 led by Christian convert Hong Xiuquan who established the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom ( 太平天國). Hong was said to have failed the Imperial Examination and became very ill. After reading a phamphlet from a protestant missionary, his personality changed. Claiming his illness to be the vision that he was in fact the brother of Jesus on a mission to rid China of the corrupt Qing rulers, he felt duty bound to spread Christianity and to overthrow the Qing rulers. Thus started his preaching on Christianity and the growth of his sect to such an enormous figure that it enabled him to attempt social reforms to replace Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion by a form of Christianity. He and his troops called the Long hair (長毛) of course failed and thus there was never a Christian China. Suddenly, I think I understand why that group called Falun Gong founded in China by Li Hongzhi in 1992 was banned by Communist China.

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