CORVALLIS, Ore. - Some of the top experts in religious issues in China will gather at Oregon State University for a two-day conference on topics ranging from Buddhist nuns in Taiwan to the re-emergence of underground churches in Shanghai.

The free, public conference is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, at OSU's LaSells Stewart Center.

Designed as a series of panel discussions, the conference will explore the link between religion and politics in modern-day China. Conference organizer Hung-Yok Ip, an associate professor of history who specializes in modern Chinese history, will lead a panel discussion on Oct. 26 on how the monk Xuyun was influential in securing a space for Buddhism in China in the 1950s.

Other speakers will address topics such as the experiences of Chinese Christian prisoners in Maoist China, political dissent in contemporary China, and how faith-based charities in contemporary China often resist the nation's authoritarian system.

This conference is sponsored by the Chun and Jane Chiu Foundation, the Horning Endowment for the Humanities, Asian Studies, and Center for the Humanities at OSU.

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Hung-Yok Ip, 541-737-1260