Resources from Winter 2004
Reflections on the Role of Migrant Labor
The following was written by Daniel Wright in 1998 while a fellow in the Institute of Current World Affairs living in inland China and studying its people and societies. His “Reflections” came after sharing conversations and experiences with migrants during a 35-hour train journey from China’s interior to the coast....
China’s Migrants and the House Church
A ChinaSource interview with Brother Min in 2002.
The Master's Embarrassment
As increasing numbers of peasants—among those who were to benefit most from Liberation—move to the cities seeking work and opportunities for improved lives, they continue to suffer discrimination and hardship.
Urban migration has brought young women from mountainous regions in Yunnan into the provincial capital, Kunming, seeking work. They are also seeking freedom from fear and bondage and they are finding it in Jesus Christ.
Strangers in the City
Strangers in the City: Reconfigurations of Space, Power, and Social Networks Within China's Floating Population by Li Zhan. Reviewed by Scott Faris
A Church on the Move
Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "Urban Migration" (CS Quarterly, 2004 Winter).
China is undergoing a modernization process that has caused its urbanization process to accelerate. A mass exodus from rural areas to urban centers is already occurring. Surplus laborers in the rural areas are rapidly migrating to the towns and cities looking for jobs and better living conditions.
Against the Storm
Three Chinese peasant children amidst the largest population shift in world history
Three Chinese peasant children amidst the largest population shift in world history.