China, Christianity, and the

Dialogue of Civilizations

28th International Conference of

the US-China Catholic Association

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Sociology, History, Political Science, and Modern Languages, and the Center for Global Engagement of Santa Clara University.

August 6-8, 2021, Santa Clara University

Keynote Speakers

USCCA is pleased and honored to welcome the following five keynote speakers for our 28th International Conference.

archbishop savio hon, SDB (韓댕輝) 
Nuncio of the Holy See to Greece

Archbishop Hon is the Nuncio of the Holy See to Greece. In February 2011, he accepted the appointment of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI , becoming Titular Archbishop of Diocese of Sila and the Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the highest position ever held by a Chinese member of the clergy, in the Vatican. Prior to his current role, he served as secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples from 2010 to 2017. Before that he was professor of theology at the Holy Spirit Seminary of Hong Kong.

Ian Johnson (張珞) 

Journalist, Author, Professor

Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist who lived in China for more than 20 years. A regular contributor to the New York Times, he is the author of Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China (Pantheon, 2004) and The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao (Vintage, 2017), and numerous other publications.


Before the pandemic struck, Johnson spoke at a USCCA event in Chicago, where he explored recent developments in China’s increasingly restrictive policy on religion. In fact, he argued, whereas religion was once marginalized and all but eliminated from public life, it is now back at the center of Chinese society and politics. The country is awash with new temples, churches, and mosques—as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Ironically, the extensive efforts of the party-state to tame and harness religion underscore its centrality.

In his presentation this August, Johnson will draw on his contacts in China and the latest developments to comment on the place of the Catholic and Protestant communities in society, as well as the impact of government policy on the Church. What difference has Vatican policy made? Is the Chinese Communist Party looking to establish an accord with religion, or to abolish it by force?

Selected Works by Ian Johnson >

Lu Nan (吕楠) 

Internationally Acclaimed Photographer

Lu Nan is one of the most respected photographers in China today. After working for China Pictorial (人民画报) for five years, he worked as an independent photographer to produce three series that made his international reputation. The second of these, which documents the lives of Catholics in rural China, includes pictures taken between 1992 and 1996. Many were have been featured in exhibits around the world and have been published in the volume On the Road (在路上). Unrivaled in his capacity to capture and reveal human dignity and the poignancy of the human condition, Lü Nan will speak about his work and his vision as a photographer.

On the Road (在路上) is currently in the process of being re-published in the United States, by Ignatius Press, and will be available for purchase at the conference.

See more of Lu Nan's work here >
Kin Sheung Chiaretto Yan (甄健湘) 

Author, International Speaker

Chiaretto Yan lives in Shanghai. He holds a doctorate in Missiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome). His primary areas of research are interdisciplinary approaches to the religions and cultures of Asia. He is the author of numerous articles and two books relevant to his this conference, Evangelization in China: Challenges and Prospects (Orbis 2014) and Season for Relationships: Youth in China and the Mission of the Church (Claretian Publications 2018). He will speak about the concerns and challenges facing young people in Chinese society today.


The US-China Catholic Association was founded in 1989 by concerned U.S. bishops, Maryknoll, the Jesuits, and representatives of other religious orders in order to promote mutual support and fraternal ties between the Church in China and the U.S. Church.

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