Asia: Minority Christian Communities under Increased Pressure
Asian states, including Russia, together account for some 380 million Christians in a population of 4.5 billion, forming less than one percent. Among them, some 210 million Christians come from just five nations — the Philippines, China, Indonesia, India and South Korea.
In this vast geographical area, despite calling themselves Asian, Christians have hardly anything in common other than their beliefs. They are divided by language, culture and national boundaries and are almost completely blind to each other’s culture.
Within national boundaries, most Christian communities are a minority because of their linguistic and ethnic differences from majority groups. It exposes them to discrimination, neglect and violence, making them subjects of double discrimination.