Joann Pittman

Joann Pittman

Joann Pittman is Vice President of Partnership and China Engagement and editor of ZGBriefs.

Prior to joining ChinaSource, Joann spent 28 years working in China, as an English teacher, language student, program director, and cross-cultural trainer for organizations and businesses engaged in China. She has also taught Chinese at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul (MN), and Chinese Culture and Communication at Wheaton College (IL) and Taylor University (IN).

Joann has a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul (MN), and an MA in teaching from the University of St. Thomas (MN).

She is the author of Survival Chinese Lessons and The Bells Are Not Silent: Stories of Church Bells in China.

Her personal blog, Outside-In can be found at, where she writes on China, Minnesota, traveling, and issues related to "living well where you don't belong."

You can find her on Twitter and on Facebook at @authorjoannpittman.

She makes her home in New Brighton, Minnesota.

Blog Entries

CMC Global 2020—On Demand

If you want to be encouraged by what God is doing in the world, I encourage you (and your church or small group) to take advantage of this opportunity.


ZGBriefs | April 15, 2021

'Ping Pong Diplomacy's' Legacy Challenged, 50 Years Later (April 10, 2021, NPR) Today marks the 50th anniversary of Ping-Pong diplomacy. That's when the U.S. table tennis team went to China for exhibition games at the height of the Cold War. Their trip changed history.

ChinaSource Perspective

Tea and Evangelism

ChinaSource Vice President of Partnership and China Engagement, Joann Pittman, recounts her observations of women in ministry over her 20 years spent in China.


ZGBriefs | April 8, 2021

China’s expat tax reform could see more than a third of American firms leave Shanghai, AmCham says (April 1, 2021, South China Morning Post) More than a third of multinational firms in Shanghai are considering moving all or part of their operation out of China or to another Chinese city when tax exemptions on allowances for foreign employees expire next year…

Blog Entries

Reflecting on Tea and Evangelism

A ChinaSource Perspective on the coming 2021 spring issue of CSQ, "Women and the Missio Dei in China."

Blog Entries

Catholicism in China

For those of us in the Protestant community who are engaged in serving the church in China, it is easy to focus on our corner of Christianity, however it may be defined, and completely miss the Catholic experience. This webinar helps broaden our understanding.


ZGBriefs | April 1, 2021

China’s Social Credit System: Speculation vs. Reality (March 30, 2021, The Diplomat) Today, the social credit system still remains a disjointed mix of ambitious national level targets and guidance, varying regional pilot programs, and scattered mass data collection mechanisms.

Blog Entries

Rejection or Restoration?

“Confucian Shame in Christian Thinking,” recorded webinar now available.


ZGBriefs | March 25, 2021

Wuhan study spotlights China’s Covid-19 herd immunity challenge (March 20, 2021, South China Morning Post) Swift lockdown measures brought disease under control but population vulnerable to imported infections without vaccinations. Researchers find possibly 10 times more people than original estimates could have been infected but herd immunity is a long way off.

Blog Entries

3 Questions: Christian Architecture in China

An Interview with Alexander Quan

Visiting churches and other religious architecture in China—via videos.