chapter  5
Migration as a Spiritual Pathway: Narratives of Chinese Falungong Practitioners in Singapore
ByChee-Han Lim
Pages 14

This chapter deals with the migration dimensions of the Falungong movement with an ethnographic focus on a group of ethnic Chinese Falungong practitioners who migrated from mainland China to Singapore. The major studies on Falungong focus on explaining its popularity through analysing the relationship between its millenarian ideologies, Chinese history and contemporary Chinese politics. One of the most common interpretations is to treat the qigong movement as an antidote to the spiritual and ideological vacuum created by the failure of Mao's revolution. Ethnographies of Falungong practices also explore these themes through participant observations and interviews conducted with ethnic Chinese Falungong practitioners in North America. In contrast with the practical or adaptive migrant religiosities explored in the studies, migrant Falungong practitioners in Singapore portray their faith as the continuation of a noble struggle against the forces of evil.