Resources on History
Chinese Church Voices
The People and Places of Chinese Soccer
China’s long history with soccer and the influence of missionaries in its modern development.
Out of China: How the Chinese Ended the Era of Domination
A Book Review
A very helpful resource and a reminder that one dare not approach China without having done one’s history homework!
3 Questions: Jennifer Lin
An interview with the author of Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family.
The Lenses of History
The latest edition of the ChinaSource Quarterly explores the awareness (or lack thereof) Chinese Christians have regarding the history of Christianity in China, and how history influences the church today. This was not the first time we devoted a Quarterly to the issue of history. In the 2002 spring edition of the ChinaSource Quarterly (known at the time as...
China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society
By G. Wright Doyle and Peter Xiaoming Yu China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society provides a much-needed starting point for piecing together the many parts of the complex puzzle that is China. This rich volume bridges geography, culture, politics, and beliefs to present a nuanced picture of a nation that is often...
The Last Time the Cubs Won the World Series
So, what did Beijing look like the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series?
A National Day Quiz
How Much Do You Know about the Founding of the PRC?
October 1 is National Day in China; this year marks the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. While it used to be a day marked with military parades and revolutionary fervor, now it marks the beginning of a 7-day national holiday (“Golden Week”) designed to...
A Changing China
It’s become an almost tiring cliché to say that China is changing. In the last century alone, the changes have been staggering.
The Cultural Revolution at 50
A Round-up of Resources
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution, a political campaign launched by Chairman Mao. The purpose was supposedly to give a new generation the experience of revolution; however, it was actually an outcome of a power struggle between Mao and the leadership of...
Cultural Chop Suey
In the past year, we have heard numerous reports of the Party’s attempts to promote traditional Chinese cultural values and to warn against the pernicious influence of western cultural values. But are the traditional values even there anymore? In the third section of the article ”The Shadow of Chinese History," Huo Shui takes...
China: Grandfather or Grandchild?
In the first section of the article "The Shadow of Chinese History," writer Huo Shui gives an overview of Chinese dynastic history. We highlighted that section in a post titled “A Long and Glorious History.” In the second section of the article Huo Shui uses the concepts of grandfather and grandchild to help us...
A Long and Glorious History
If you’ve spent any amount of time in China, you have probably encountered the phrase “China has a long and glorious history.” In fact, you’ve probably encountered it so many times that you are tempted to roll your eyes when you hear it.
An Important Lens
The Boxer Rebellion
Last week I wrote about the Taiping Rebellion as one of two lenses through which the Chinese government looks at religious movements. The second lens is the Boxer Rebellion, another quasi-religious movement that appeared on the scene in the waning years of the 19th century.
An Important Lens
The Taiping Rebellion
I have always thought that in order to understand the Chinese Communist Party’s attitude toward (or shall we say fear of) religion, one needs to study up on two key events: The Boxer Rebellion (1900) and the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864). Both of those movements started out as quasi-religious and morphed into anti-government political movements...
A New Must-read for China Hands
Love her or hate her, Empress Dowager Cixi does not leave us with the option of just letting her drift off into historical obscurity. Jung Chang's (author of Wild Swans) recently published Express Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China is destined to become a must read for China...
Understanding China’s Intellectuals
Lessons from History
Cross-cultural workers in China service are increasingly aware of the strategic importance of reaching China’s urban intellectuals. Some of these intellectuals, often (mis)named “Cultural Christians,” have taken up Christian thought as a subject for serious academic study. At the same time, these are exciting, confusing days. China is stepping onto...