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Same Same, But Different: Postmodernism in China


When shopping in street markets in Asia, I'd often hear the reply, "Same same, but different." The one item was the same as the other but somehow different. Maybe they didn't have the one I wanted but this other item would be just as good. Same thing but different.

The autumn issue of the ChinaSource Quarterly (due out next week) deals with the effects of postmodernism on China and the church.

While postmodernism originated in the west and is one of many exports from the west to China, postmodernism in China is not the same as it has been in the west. The contributors to the Quarterly have examined the origins of postmodernism, its entrance into China's intellectual community, and the various factors in China that shaped the Chinese expression of postmodernism as it spread through society.

In trying to understand the influence of postmodernism on the Chinese people, one shouldn't assume that the effects are the same as in the west. In some cases, the effects have even been positive in preparing hearts for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We look forward to bringing you the 2013 autumn issue of the ChinaSource Quarterly The Postmodern Generation and the Church in China.

Articles

"Postmodernism and Its Effects on China" by Jason Lim

"Urge for Faith: Postmodern Beliefs among Urban Chinese" by Fredrik Fllman

"Pastors Reaching and Ministering to Today's Generation" by Jon Lu

View from the Wall

"The Postmodern Shift of Chinese Young People" by Jonathan Li

Peoples of China

"Serving the Postmodern Generation" by JuTa Pan

Book Review

"God at Work in a Student Leader", A Heart for Freedom by Chai Ling", reviewed by Laurie Michaels

Resource Corner

The 2014 Intercessors for China Prayer Calendar, Special Feature: Adoption

Available next week at ChinaSource.

ChinaSource Team

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