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Aug 11, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, August 8 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

The stories that captured our attention this week provide glimpses into religion in China, an arrest, and the Chinese student community in Los Angeles.

Aug 1, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, July 31 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

The news out of and about China this week is incredibly eclectic, just like China itself.

Jul 28, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, July 24 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Churches, migration, and anti-corruption campaigns are the topics of this week's Top Picks from the ZGBriefs Newsletter.

Jul 18, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, July 17 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

We included quite a few articles about education in this week's ZGBriefs, but a couple of them stood out to us. One is a podcast discussion of education in China; the other is a look at Chinese study abroad programs. In addition, there were two articles about the Uyghur experience in China following recent terrorist attacks that caught our eye.

Jul 17, 2014

China's Demographic Fork in the Road

by Brent Fulton

Up until the beginning of this decade, China's elderly and young adult populations were growing at roughly the same rate.

Jul 11, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, July 10 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

An arrest and a peek into history this week's must read ZGBriefs articles.

Jun 27, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, June 26 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

The articles that caught our eye in this week's ZGBriefs Newsletter fall within two large topicsChinese language and Confucianism.

Jun 20, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, June 19 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

The church demolitions continue in Zhejiang, as does the commentary trying to make sense of it all. Two articles this week contributed to the conversation.

Jun 13, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, June12 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

History in the making and forgotten history were in the news this week along with Chinese-style self-help and the extension of Chinese consumerism to the US.

Jun 6, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, June 5 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

There was really only ONE story out of China this week, namely the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident. We could have devoted the entirety of ZGBriefs to the marking of that event, but we narrowed it down to a handful. Two of those articles are highlighted here. In addition, we couldn't pass up two articles about the hazards for foreigners who live and work in China.

Jun 2, 2014

China's Urbanization: Three Things You Should Know

by Brent Fulton

Urbanization has irreversibly changed the landscape of Chinademographically, socially, geographically, and economically.

May 30, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, May 29 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

These are the topics that caught our attention this week pork fat, bound feet, and a Miao festival.

May 23, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, May 22 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Two of our favorite stories this week are about those on the margins of Chinese societythe poor who struggle to care for sick babies, and the disabled who are shut out of the educational system. The third article is an interesting look at how a the propaganda office in a neighborhood in Qingdao is trying to tackle the problem of "evil cults."

May 19, 2014

A Generation of One

by Brent Fulton

Why China's most privileged youth generation ever is still looking for more.

May 16, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, May 15 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Geographic and cultural divides and differences understanding them and bridging them were common themes this week.

May 13, 2014

Ten Things to Know about China's Migrant Workers

by Joann Pittman

This is a picture of the skyline of Pudong, the glitzy business district of Shanghai. For a time, that tall building with the hole in the top was actually the world's tallest building. It was soon beat out by the Burj in Dubai, and, as you can see, by the new building going up right beside it.

May 12, 2014

Where is China Going?

by Brent Fulton

Statistics released by a Beijing think tank in January reveal that emigration from China is at its highest level ever, with 9.34 million leaving the Mainland in 2013. The "immigration deficit," or difference between those immigrating to China and those leaving, has risen 129 percent since 1990, from 3.71 million to 8.5 million. China is the world's fourth largest country for emigration, coming behind, India, Mexico, and Russia.

May 9, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, May 8 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

If there were a theme to the three articles that we have chosen this week, it would be information.

May 2, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, May 1 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

As far as most of our readers go, probably the biggest story out of China this week was the demolition of the Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou.

Apr 29, 2014

China's Next War?

by Brent Fulton

In his work report at last month's annual meeting of the National People's Congress, Premier Li Keqiang, citing the growing toll which China's environmental crisis is taking on the economy, pledged to "declare war" on pollution.

Apr 21, 2014

Looking Ahead: Which China?

by Brent Fulton

China today has been variously described as an emerging superpower, an economic miracle, a totalitarian regime, a corrupt kleptocracy, a regional hegemon, a bellwether of the future, and a victim of its past. Each of these narratives contains a kernel of truth, yet none by itself begins to do justice to the complexities of China.

Apr 18, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, April 17 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Our favorite stories this week cover the gamut searching for Hui identity in Taiwan; the life of "Taobao Girls" in Beijing; the June 4 crack-down in Chengdu; and a trailer for an upcoming documentary about a Tibetan woman living in Beijing. China is nothing, if not complex!

Apr 11, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, April 10 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Schools, nostalgia, and explaining the unexplainable these are the subjects of our top picks in ZGBriefs this week.

Apr 4, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, April 3 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Tomorrow (April 5) is "Tomb-Sweeping Day," a festival to honor the ancestors by tending their graves. There were two articles about this that caught our attention this week.

Mar 31, 2014

Reflections on China 2014: Two Ships - Different Directions

by R. Scott Rodin

This is my third blog reflecting back on six days I spent in China recently with Brent Fulton where we met with pastors, seminary leaders and academics in Shanghai and Beijing. I shared in the first blog about my amazement at the growth of the church and the window that seems to be opening for the gospel, and in my second I raised concerns about the environmental disaster that is overtaking China and the key role of the church in calling people to care for God's creation.

Mar 29, 2014

Are Most Chinese Really Atheists?

by Joann Pittman

It's an interesting question, and, as the saying goes, "it depends on what the meaning of the word 'atheist' is."

Mar 28, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, March 27 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Two articles about religion, a missing jetliner, and eye-popping gifs of China's urbanization; these are our top picks this week.

Mar 26, 2014

Reflections on China 2014: The Growing Environmental Crisis

by R. Scott Rodin

This is my second blog reflecting back on six days I spent in China recently with Brent Fulton where we met with pastors, seminary leaders and academics in Shanghai and Beijing. I shared in the first blog about my amazement at the growth of the church and the window that seems to be opening for the gospel.

Mar 24, 2014

Who Invented the Coffee Cup? (The Answer Might Surprise You)

by Amy Young

The truth is I don't know. But after reading The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester you, too, might find yourself wondering about your morning mug as you wait for water to boil.

Mar 21, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, March 20 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Scrolling down through ZGBriefs this week provides another glimpse of the complexity of China today.

Mar 19, 2014

Reflections on China, 2014

by R. Scott Rodin

I am back from six days in China where I traveled with Brent Fulton and met with pastors, seminary leaders and academics in Shanghai and Beijing. I preached twice at Beijing International Christian Fellowship and we also held our ChinaSource Board meeting in Beijing. It was a busy and fulfilling week. I have been asked to share a few highlights and reflections of my time.

Mar 14, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, March 13 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Meetings (and things that happened alongside those meetings) and Chinese people in the US caught our interest this week.

Mar 7, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, March 6 Issue

by ChinaSource Team

Violence was very much in China-related media this week as people inside and outside of China sought to come to grips with the brutal attack that took place in the Kunming train station on March 1. A new date, 3-01 has entered our terrorism vocabulary.

Mar 4, 2014

What to Make of the Attack in Kunming

by Joann Pittman

On Saturday, there was a knife attack at the Kunming train station. When it was over, 29 people were dead and hundreds injured. Here's how the Los Angeles Times reported the scene:

Feb 28, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, February 27 Issue

by Joann Pittman

My top picks this week center on architecture, education, and the plight of the disabled in China.

Feb 21, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, February 20 Issue

by Joann Pittman

There were a number of articles in this week's ZGBriefs that caught my attention. The first two are about romance and weddings in China. The third one is about government efforts to save abandoned babies by providing "baby hatches" in various cities. The fourth is for fun video highlights of a motorcycle ride around China.

Feb 18, 2014

When Does a Barrier Become a Destination?

by Brent Fulton

Coming off another Great Wall visit, I am again pondering the paradox of the wall a paradox which is true of both the ancient one as well as the more recently constructed one.

Feb 14, 2014

ZGBriefs The Week's Top Picks, February 14 Issue

by Joann Pittman

There were a lot of great articles in this weeks' ZGBriefs, but the ones that particularly caught my eye were on the topics of human rights and law, ethnic tensions, and American-style Chinese food.

Feb 10, 2014

Chinese Santa

by Swells in the Middle Kingdom

"That is messed up!"

"Why? WHY?!"

"That is just plain WRONG."

Feb 7, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, February 6 Issue

by Joann Pittman

Our top picks this week all touch on some of the social issues that China is dealing with today: happiness, disappearing traditional culture, and the rise of volunteerism.

Jan 31, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, January 30 Issue

by Joann Pittman

Our top picks this week are all over the map, so to speak, covering religion, politics, and the perils of language learning!

Jan 24, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, January 23 Issue

by Joann Pittman

Let's call it "video week" at ZGB because my top picks this week are all video reports on some fairly pressing contemporary social issues, each of them ripples of China's one-child policy.

Jan 18, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, January 17 Issue

by Joann Pittman

These three articles caught my attention while compiling ZGBriefs this week.

Jan 11, 2014

The Challenge of China's Shifting Labor Market

by Brent Fulton

The new year is upon us, and McKinsey China has come out with a new set of predictions for 2014, which you can read here. A key theme running through these predictions is a significantly changing labor market, particularly as a result of advances in technology and the way it is being utilized both in the workplace and by consumers.

Jan 4, 2014

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, January 3 Issue

by Joann Pittman

Three stories caught our eye this week, two serious, and one that will make you want to don all of your winter clothes, grab your camera, and head to Harbin, China.

Dec 28, 2013

ZGBriefs: Readers Top Picks for 2013

by Joann Pittman

Since it's the end of the year, we decided to jump on the "Top Posts" bandwagon that is careening through the blogosphere. However, since each ZGBriefs post includes dozens of stories, we are highlighting here the top ten most clicked links of the year in other words, your favorite stories.

Dec 21, 2013

Why China Celebrates Christmas

by Brent Fulton

So here I am, eggnog latte in hand, seated in one of the ubiquitous branches of an internationally branded coffee chain. The city is not important. This could be Hong Kong or Beijing, New York or London. The festive holiday decor would be the same anywhere, along with the exhortations to "Create Wonder" and "Share Joy" stenciled on the front window.

Dec 20, 2013

ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, December 19 Issue

by Joann Pittman

What do Christmas, the one-child policy, and high end art collecting have in common? They are all subjects of the articles we selected as among the most interesting for this week.