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 joannpittman.com, where she writes on China, Minnesota, traveling, and issues related to "living well where you don't belong."

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

She makes her home in New Brighton, Minnesota.

ZGBriefs

ZGBriefs | January 28, 2021

8 Things To Know About The New Requirement For A Negative Covid-19 Test To Fly To The U.S. (January 26, 2021, View from the Wing) As of today the U.S. now requires a negative Covid-19 test within 3 days prior to departure, or documentation of having already recovered from Covid-19, for all air passengers flying to the country (citizens and non-citizens alike).

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ZGBriefs | January 21, 2021

Why 1.2 billion people share the same 100 surnames in China (January 16, 2021, CNN) With 1.37 billion citizens, China has the world's largest population, but has one of the smallest surname pools. Only about 6,000 surnames are in use, according to the Ministry of Public Security. And the vast majority of the population -- almost 86% -- share just 100 of those surnames.

Blog Entries

Hohhot!

Originally developed as a garrison town by the Qing rulers to establish and maintain their control over the region, Hohhot is now a thriving city of close to three million.

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ZGBriefs | January 14, 2021

U.S. bans imports of all cotton, tomato products from China's Xinjiang region (January 13, 2021, Reuters) U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the order applies to raw fibers, apparel and textiles made from Xinjiang-grown cotton, as well as canned tomatoes, sauces, seeds and other tomato products from the region, even if processed or manufactured in third countries.

Blog Entries

An Online Missions Convention

Ambassadors for Christ's triennial Chinese Mission Convention was a great way to close out 2020.

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ZGBriefs | January 7, 2021

China steps up COVID-19 curbs near Beijing as infections rise (January 5, 2020, Reuters) Chinese authorities on Wednesday imposed travel restrictions and banned gatherings in the capital city of Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, in the latest escalation of measures to stave off another coronavirus wave.

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ZGBriefs | December 31, 2020

Coronavirus visa uncertainty turns foreign students against China (December 26, 2020, South China Morning Post) Thousands of young people are waiting to hear if they will be allowed back into the country to continue their studies. Many are giving up and growing angry, as Beijing’s soft power diplomacy in education suffers.

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ZGBriefs | December 24, 2020

Mandarin Christmas Medley (December 23, 2020, Outside-In) As a way of saying Merry Christmas, here’s a video titled Jingle Bells in Chinese Christmas Medley. It’s just plain fun (and stinky tofu even makes an appearance).

Blog Entries

Top Ten Zgbriefs Links—Coronavirus Wins!

It should come as no surprise that of the top ten most clicked on stories from ZGBriefs in 2020, eight were about the coronavirus pandemic.

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ZGBriefs | December 17, 2020

Is China About to Introduce a “Three-Child Policy”? (December 10, 2020, Radii China) Chinese authorities have made no secret of their desire for more babies in the country, but do the people really want them?