Resources on Urbanization
ChinaSource Blog Posts
Sociological Analysis and Theological Reflection on China’s Migrant Workers
A Book Review
Christian intellectuals, especially those in ministry or missions, will find the book very useful in understanding issues of poverty and alienation in China. Indeed, any concerned Christian will be moved by the stories and descriptions of the plight of the migrant workers.
The Chinese Exodus
Migration, Urbanism and Alienation in Contemporary China
By Li Ma. A sociological analysis as well as a theological discussion of China’s internal migration since the marketization reform in 1978.
ChinaSource Blog Posts
Unpacking China’s Cities
China’s urbanization today is less about the largest cities that often make the headlines, and more about a host of smaller, yet faster growing, metropolises that will be home to the majority of Chinese in the coming decades.
Chinese Church Voices
A Sojourner’s Story
I remember an auntie from Henan Province. She lived in the single-story district and prayed with us every day. She always prayed for Beijing and blessed Beijing. . . . She left for her hometown after a round of demolitions, or perhaps a forced migration.
Anticipating Urban China
As ChinaSource celebrates 20 years of service we are digging into our archives for articles chronicling the myriad far-reaching changes in China during the past two decades. Here we look at urbanization.
We talk a lot about the massive urbanization that has taken place in China since the 1980s but what does it look like?
While living in Beijing, I came to know well a migrant family. They had arrived in Beijing in the mid-1990s and had managed to find good jobs and earn enough money to buy an apartment and start a family. Even though they did not have a Beijing hukou, they managed to...
Behind China's Urbanization
The Chinese government's release of its latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figure of $1,000 per person at the end of 2003 signifies that China is on the verge of becoming a world economic power. It also signifies that full-fledged urbanization has taken off. The traditional Chinese society, rooted in agriculture,...
China’s Migrant Population
During the past two decades, Chinese society has experienced a huge population migration not initiated by the Government. What impact has this had on China and what are the implications for the church?
China’s Burgeoning Cities
Urbanization in China is occurring at an accelerated pace. What are its effects upon China and her people?
Chongqing—China’s “Mountain City”
An introduction to China's fourth municipality or mega-city—Chongqing.
Rural Urbanization in China
The phrase “rural urbanization,” at first glance, appears to be an oxymoron. Yet it is an apt phrase to describe what has been happening in China, especially in the eastern regions, over the past two decades.
More Than a Concrete Jungle
Putting today's urban migration in China into historical perspective.