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

Glory to God All the Earth

Songs of the St. Louis Jesuits in Chinese

Worship music in Chinese to strengthen and encourage your soul.


ZGBriefs | October 14, 2021

Changing China: How Xi's 'common prosperity' may impact the world (October 9, 2021, BBC) One of the most visible consequences of common prosperity has been the refocusing of corporate China's priorities to the domestic market.

Blog Entries

5 Prayer Resources for China

There is much to pray about when it comes to China and churches in China, but sometimes it’s hard to know specifically how to prayer. These resources will help.


ZGBriefs | October 7, 2021

Hammered by Blackouts, China’s Rust Belt Grinds Down (October 5, 2021, Sixth Tone) Since September, high coal costs and inflexible electricity prices have caused shortages that forced local governments to implement rolling blackouts for energy-intensive industries.


ZGBriefs | September 30, 2021

China’s Housing Bubble Puts All Other Housing Bubbles to Shame (September 27, 2021, Bloomberg) Pyramid scheme, house of cards, Jenga tower with half the pieces missing, intoxicated teenager on stilts.


ZGBriefs | September 23, 2021

Can I travel to mainland China? A guide to entry restrictions, documents, and vaccination and testing requirements (September 17, 2021, South China Morning Post) The measures look set to continue despite the potential long-term economic impact and the nation’s plans to host international events including the Winter Olympics. Here is what you need to know about China’s latest entry restrictions.


ZGBriefs | September 16, 2021

Buddies With Rice: China’s Simplest and Most Loved Dishes (September 10, 2021, The World of Chinese) Probably the simplest of all xiafancai is the legendary spicy sauce Laoganma, but there are many more nutritious (and delicious) rice partners out there.


Loving the Liuxuesheng (留学生)

From the desk of the guest editor.

ChinaSource Quarterlies

Building Bridges of Friendship and Introducing Jesus

Ministry among Liuxuesheng (留学生)
Autumn 2021, Vol. 23, No.3

Autumn 2020.

Blog Entries

Recording and Resources—Learning About China

For those who missed last month's webinar or who would like to review the resources that were mentioned.