Youtai – Presence and Perception of Jews and Judaism in China

by Peter Kupfer (Volume editor)
©2008 Edited Collection 332 Pages


This volume summarizes the results of a research project organized at Mainz University in Germersheim, Germany. It focused on the Jewish community in Kaifeng in China (12th to 19th century). In recent years, increasing research has been done about the history and culture of the Jews in China, and in the future, more academic interest in all questions connected with it can be expected. Main topics are the perception of Chinese Judaism in European history as well as in Chinese society itself, the self-image of the descendants in Kaifeng and their present status in China, and how China deals with foreign ethnics and religions as part of its own history and identity. These topics were discussed from various interdisciplinary points of view. The authors from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Great Britain, France, and Germany are prominent sino-judaists who present their latest results of research in the light of new facts and approaches.


ISBN (Softcover)
China Kongress Mainz (2003) Kaifeng Israel Judentum
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. 327 pp.

Biographical notes

Peter Kupfer (Volume editor)

The Editor: Peter Kupfer, Prof. Dr., head of the Section of Chinese Studies at Mainz University, has carried out several research activities and projects in modern Chinese language and culture and holds a number of international functions in this field. In 2000 he was awarded the Friendship Order of Chinese Language and Culture by the People’s Republic of China.


Title: Youtai – Presence and Perception of Jews and Judaism in China