Urbanization

Blog Entries

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.

Books

The Chinese Exodus

Migration, Urbanism and Alienation in Contemporary China

A sociological analysis as well as a theological discussion of China’s internal migration since the marketization reform in 1978.

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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.

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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.

Blog Entries

Urbanization Visualized

We talk a lot about the massive urbanization that has taken place in China since the 1980s but what does it look like?

Chinese Church Voices

Migrant Worker, How Are You?

A "letter" to migrant workers in China.

Blog Entries

Millennial Migrants

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 get their children into a decent school. It was interesting to watch the children grow up, because clearly they saw themselves more as urbanites, even though they technically weren’t.

Supporting Article

Conversation Launchers

Expanding upon his previous article, "The Gospel, Evangelism and Social Action in China," the author asks and answers some penetrating questions.