ZGBriefs | September 15, 2016
That was a stupid idea — until we thought of it: The cultural phenomenon of squatting toilets, split pants and giant hickeys (September 11, 2016, The Culture Blend) Maybe, the most prominent recent example of “it was stupid until we thought of it” has been brought to us by 23 time...
ZGBriefs | September 17, 2015
How the Piano Became Chinese (September 6, 2015, Caixin Online) Indeed, though China in the 1600s had numerous rich musical traditions that employed both domestic and imported instruments, it had nothing resembling the clavichord, a stringed keyboard instrument and predecessor of the piano. That's why Ricci chose it, hoping...
ZGBriefs | September 20, 2018
Land of a billion road trips: Chinese tourists are ditching buses for their own steering wheels (September 18, 2018, The Globe and Mail) On the rise of road-tripping in China.
ZGBriefs | September 21, 2017
The Unprecedented Reach of China’s Surveillance State (September 15, 2017, China File) The Chinese Party-state is building a social credit system for collecting information about all of its citizens by police, courts, and other institutions. This enables the government to reach into society to a degree unprecedented in history....
ZGBriefs | September 22, 2016
Being Christian in China's Jerusalem (September 18, 2016, BBC) Danny Vincent travels to Wenzhou to meet Pastor Zhang, an illegal pastor in one of the thousands of underground churches that serve the millions of Chinese Christians. However, he also meets a pastor from a government registered church who defends...
ZGBriefs | September 24, 2015
China’s gospel valley: Churches thrive among the Lisu people (September 22, 2015, Christian Century) Pastor Jesse’s mud-plastered Mitsubishi SUV jolted wildly along the newly dug dirt road that zigzagged up the mountainside toward the construction site of the new church. We stopped to let a pedestrian squeeze by, a...
ZGBriefs | September 27, 2018
With Vatican Talks and Bulldozers, China Aims to Control Christianity (September 24, 2018, The New York Times) “The administration feels that the government had been too lax in the past and now wants to increase the pressure.”
ZGBriefs | September 28, 2017
The Fast-Fading Memories of Harbin’s Migrant History (September 26, 2017, Sixth Tone) The construction of the Chinese Eastern Railway saw the arrival of a wave of Russian immigrants in northeastern China. At first, most were rail workers and their families, but later, merchants who had caught wind of the enormous commercial...
ZGBriefs | September 29, 2016
Video: China’s Quest for Scientific Glory and Aliens (September 27, 2016, The Guardian) China’s new radio telescope, the largest in the world—and the latest marker of Beijing’s ambition to become a global player in science—began its search for signals from distant galaxies on Sunday.
ZGBriefs | September 3, 2015
For China, a Plunge and a Reckoning (August 28, 2015, The Wall Street Journal) Anyone trying to design an event to bring Xi Jinping ’s China back to Earth couldn’t have engineered something much more elegant than the turmoil in China’s financial markets and the resulting global aftershocks. The upheaval is...
ZGBriefs | September 6, 2018
China’s lost little emperors... how the ‘one-child policy’ will haunt the country for decades (September 2, 2018, The Guardian) There has been an enormous amount of public venting on the shortcomings of the one-child policy in recent years.
ZGBriefs | September 7, 2017
Homeschooling Still Illegal, Warns Chinese Government (September 6, 2017, Sixth Tone) In an effort to reduce dropout rates, the Chinese government has clarified that homeschooling, as well as so-called sishu schools that focus on teaching classic Chinese culture, are illegal.
ZGBriefs | September 8, 2016
Shariah With Chinese Characteristics: A Scholar Looks at the Muslim Hui (September 6, 2016, The New York Times) Mr. Erie’s recently published book, “China and Islam: The Prophet, the Party, and Law,” is a look at how Shariah — Islamic law and ethics — is implemented among the Hui. In...
ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks
Today we are starting a new feature, linking this blog with another of our publications, the ZGBriefs Newsletter. Every Friday, we will highlight articles from the ZGBriefs newsletter that we consider the "must read" articles of the week.
ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, April 10 Issue
Schools, nostalgia, and explaining the unexplainable these are the subjects of our top picks in ZGBriefs this week.
ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, April 17 Issue
Our favorite stories this week cover the gamut searching for Hui identity in Taiwan; the life of "Taobao Girls" in Beijing; the June 4 crack-down in Chengdu; and a trailer for an upcoming documentary about a Tibetan woman living in Beijing. China is nothing, if not complex!
ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, April 3 Issue
Tomorrow (April 5) is "Tomb-Sweeping Day," a festival to honor the ancestors by tending their graves. There were two articles about this that caught our attention this week.
ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, August 14 Issue
Two glimpses of China's past and the impending trial of a recent infamous murder top this week's list of items not to be missed.
ZGBriefs The Weeks Top Picks, August 21 Issue
Our top picks this week are all on the lighter side. We hope you find them as interesting as we did.