ChinaSource Blog

A New Day for Foreign NGOs?

ChinaSource Blog by Brent Fulton

For decades foreign NGOs trying to work in China have struggled with a lack of legal framework. Rumors have abounded about legislation that was “just around the corner,” but which never seemed to see the light of day.

How Do You Measure Success?

ChinaSource Blog by Brent Fulton

Faith-based organizations have, for too long, adopted a secular business model for gauging their effectiveness. This is the conclusion of Gary Hoag, Scott Rodin and Wesley Wilmer in their short but provocative book, The Choice.

An Important Lens

The Taiping Rebellion

ChinaSource Blog by Joann Pittman

I have always thought that in order to understand the Chinese Communist Party’s attitude toward (or shall we say fear of) religion, one needs to study up on two key events: The Boxer Rebellion (1900) and the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864). Both of those movements started out as quasi-religious and morphed into anti-government political movements that weakened, and eventually led to the downfall of the Qing Dynasty.

Starfish Project

An Opportunity to Get Involved

ChinaSource Blog by Starfish Project

Join the work of Starfish Project and help provide alternative employment and holistic care services to exploited and abused women in Asia.

One Step Closer to an NGO Law

ChinaSource Blog by Joann Pittman

As anyone who works in or deals with China on a regular basis knows, so much of life and work operates in a gray area – that space which can often be described as “neither legal nor illegal” since there are not yet laws governing the space or activity.

That has been the situation for numerous NGOs operating in China. Absent an actual law governing foreign NGOs in China, they've operated unofficially or with local blessing or registered as commercial enterprises.

Going Deeper

Serious Tools for Serious Study

ChinaSource Blog by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

Since returning to China after an absence of several years, one of the things that has most impressed me has been the increase in availability of high quality reference tools for serious Bible study in Chinese. 

Does China’s Constitution Guarantee Freedom of Religion?

ChinaSource Blog by Brent Fulton

For the outside observer seeking to make sense of China’s religious policy, the Chinese Constitution presents quite a conundrum.

Visas for “Short Term Tasks”

ChinaSource Blog by Joann Pittman

New visa regulations and how they might affect you on your next trip to China.

New Report Highlights Roots of Religious Persecution in China

ChinaSource Blog by Brent Fulton

According to China Aid Association’s latest annual report, religious persecution in China more than doubled last year. The increase comes as no surprise, as 2014 was marked by a wave of attacks on church buildings, particularly in the city of Wenzhou and around the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang. The general social tightening that has come to characterize President Xi Jinping’s rule contributed to the pressure on religious believers, as did heightened tensions between the regime and ethnic minorities in Western China.

Worship in China

Why Place Matters

ChinaSource Blog by Brent Fulton

The destruction of churches and widespread pulling down of crosses in Zhejiang province during the past year have served to highlight the dilemma facing China’s Christians, whose numerical growth has, for the past several decades, outstripped the availability of suitable venues for worship.