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ZGBriefs is for those who want and need to keep up on what is happening in China, but don’t have the time to monitor and track it all. We monitor more than 50 different news sources and curate the most relevant and interesting stories out of China each week. Topics include government, religion, society, economics, education, travel, and language, and books.

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ZGBriefs | May 19, 2022

Here’s What Thousands of Christian WeChat Accounts Reveal About Chinese Internet Evangelism (May 13, 2022, Christianity Today) WeChat is a powerful digital media outlet with more than 1.2 billion users worldwide and tens of millions of “public accounts.” Over the past decade, WeChat accounts have been an important platform for Chinese Christians to speak about their faith and communicate the gospel.

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ZGBriefs | May 12, 2022

A Teacher in China Learns the Limits of Free Expression (May 9, 2022, The New Yorker) How had the country experienced so much social, economic, and educational change while its politics remained stagnant?

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ZGBriefs | May 5, 2022

Chinese Food Is a Celebration of Time and Place (April 19, 2022, Epicurious) “Authenticity” is a loaded word that many chefs like Tong stay away from, because the very concept discriminates against food that has evolved over years and generations.

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ZGBriefs | April 28, 2022

Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry may launch its final journey after 142 years in service (April 25, 2022, The Points Guy) After 142 years of service, Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry may sail its last trip between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island — unless it gets help from big-bucks business investment.

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ZGBriefs | April 21, 2022

The quest to save Cantonese in a world dominated by Mandarin (April 17, 2022, The Los Angeles Times) Cantonese is the language of San Francisco Chinatown’s dim sum restaurants and herbal shops, of Northern California towns such as Marysville, where Chinese gold miners settled in the 1850s. But in the U.S. too, Mandarin is what many new immigrants speak and what is taught in classrooms from elementary school through college.

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ZGBriefs | April 14, 2022

China’s Growing Influence in Latin America (April 12, 2022, Council on Foreign Relations) Over the past two decades, China has developed close economic and security ties with many Latin American countries, including Brazil and Venezuela. But Beijing’s growing sway in the region has raised concerns in Washington and beyond.

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ZGBriefs | April 7, 2022

Audio: China locks down most of Shanghai: One resident shares his experience (April 1, 2022, WBUR) In China, the vast majority of the residents of Shanghai are under lockdown. The government has modified its original plan to shut down each half of the city for four days in order to test the population for COVID-19.

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ZGBriefs | March 31, 2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances, ZGBriefs is taking a brief break this week and will be back “scanning the internet so you don’t have to” soon. In the meantime we invite you to join our free online webinar next month.

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ZGBriefs | March 24, 2022

China’s Population to Peak as More Provinces Report Declines (March 20, 2022, Bloomberg) China’s population will likely peak this year, a central bank adviser said, with several provinces already reporting declines in the population growth rate.

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ZGBriefs | March 17, 2022

Pandemic postcard: COVID outbreak leaves Hong Kong in limbo (March 16, 2022, AP) As a COVID-19 outbreak overwhelms Hong Kong, it’s hard for its 7.4 million residents to know what’s next.