Recent Blog Entries

Aug 28

3 Reasons You Need to Read this Chinese Food Memoir

by Amy Young

Learning about culture, history, and ourselves through a food adventure in China.

Aug 27

ZGBriefs | August 27, 2015

by Joann Pittman

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China's 20 Percent Problem: Millennial Migrants' Discontent (August 25, 2015, Foreign Affairs)
What’s more, a rising generation of “millennial migrants” aspires to the same lifestyle and opportunities afforded their urban contemporaries. As a result, their expectations are shifting rapidly, increasing the possibility that their accumulated discontents will turn into a volatile force that catalyzes social instability.

Aug 26

Chinese Christian Entrepreneurs

Beyond Weber

by Brent Fulton

An experienced business leader in China remarked that, while there is the expectation that Christians should somehow conduct business differently, the question of what exactly this should look like remains a difficult one.

Aug 25

A Closer Look at the China Religion Survey

by ChinaSource Team

In July, People’s University released the results of a multi-year survey of the religious environment in China. Many news outlets, both inside China and outside, covered the story, choosing to emphasize the growing popularity of religion among young people in China as well as the growth of Islam. But the survey was much broader and revealed other interesting data points about religion in China. The mainland site Christian Times took a close look at the survey and highlighted some of the other findings that did not get much play, particularly in the western press. 

Aug 24

Learning from a Bad Sermon

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

The sermon was "not good," or at least that was my impression. 

Aug 21

"Zhong Yong"

The Moderate Way

by Joann Pittman

The fourth cultural element that Huo Shui highlights in his article “Living Wisely in China” is zhong yong, or “being moderate, which helps us understand what’s going on in situations where things are not seen in black-and-white terms but more in shades of grey.

Aug 20

ZGBriefs | August 20, 2015

by Joann Pittman

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He Xiaoxin: How Far Can I Go? How Much Can I Do? (August 15, 2015, China Digital Times)
Journalist He Xiaoxin (和小欣) of The Beijing Daily (北京日报) traveled to report from the scene of the massive explosion in a chemical warehouse at the Tianjin port, in which 112 people have been reported killed so far. Dramatic photos and videos of the explosion traveled quickly around the world via the Internet. But in this photo essay, He provides an up-close, personal look at the devastation. Propaganda officials have since banned media from reporting on the explosion or posting stories that did not originate from Xinhua.

Aug 19

ChinaSource Conversations

A New ChinaSource Resource

by ChinaSource Team

This month, it is with excitement that we announce the launch of ChinaSource Conversations!

Aug 18

Loving the Unlovable

by ChinaSource Team

An introverted and irritable man from Beijing, Cao Xiao Jing experienced an incredible transformation that led him to remote areas of Yunnan Province where he served the marginalized of society, including drug addicts and minorities. The story of Cao’s conversion and call to ministry is told in the online journal Jingjie. Out of his experiences with a relapsed addict and a formerly wealthy street dweller, Cao shares about a significant shift that took place in his own theology, which led to a new way of approaching ministry.

Aug 17

"Mian Zi" (face)

The Treasure that Never Wears Out

by Joann Pittman

The third element that Huo Shui highlights for us in “Living Wisely in China” is the Chinese notion of “face.” This one is arguably the most important and the most difficult for westerners to grasp. He gives us a glimpse into how “face” plays out in everyday life in China.