ZGBriefs

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 | January 20, 2022

China’s Foreign Firms Are Running Out of a Key Resource: Foreigners (January 19, 2022, Sixth Tone) The strict policies have left large numbers of expats effectively stranded outside China. As many as 100,000 foreigners may be waiting for permission to return to Shanghai alone, local media outlet SmartShanghai estimates. It’s unclear exactly how many foreigners remain in China.

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ZGBriefs | January 13, 2022

Video: Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Christian Faith (January 6, 2022, CantoSense)

As Christians, should we be wary of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)? This episode, we are joined by Dr. Lai Pak Wah to discuss TCM and whether the principles and religious elements should be cause for concern.

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ZGBriefs | January 6, 2022

China’s Reform Generation Adapts to Life in the Middle Class (January 3, 2022, The New Yorker) My students from the nineteen-nineties grew up in rural poverty. Now they’re in their forties, and their country is unrecognizable.

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ZGBriefs | December 30, 2021

Overseas organizations, individuals not allowed to operate online religious info services within the Chinese territory: regulations (December 21, 2021, The Global Times) The measures stipulated that online preaching should be organized and carried out by religious groups, temples and churches and religious colleges that have obtained the Internet Religious Information Service Permit.

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ZGBriefs | December 23, 2021

Patrick Wack’s Photographs of Xinjiang (December 16, 2021, China File) Craving a change of scenery and a desire to witness a region at the “crossroads” of history, in 2016 he set out on what would be the first of six trips to photograph China’s far western region of Xinjiang.

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ZGBriefs | December 16, 2021

The building blocks of Chinese, part 5: Making sense of Chinese words (December 15, 2021, Hacking Chinese) You do need to know characters, but you also need to know how they fit together into words.

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ZGBriefs | December 9, 2021

China’s Cultural Crackdowns: A guide (December 2, 2021, Sup China) From classrooms to phone screens to celebrity idols, the Chinese government is tightening its control over Chinese society.

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ZGBriefs | December 2, 2021

Video: A Glimpse Into Yosemite’s Chinese History (October 20, 2020, Yosemite National Park) Ranger Yenyen Chan explores the role Chinese immigrants played in the early years of Yosemite National Park.

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ZGBriefs | November 18, 2021

Weibo Discusses: How Has the Covid Epidemic Changed Your Life? (November 11, 2021, What’s on Weibo) The topic triggered thousands of comments from people sharing their thoughts and experiences, but the post that started the discussion (@人间投影仪) simply said: “I’d like to go back to a world where we don’t need to wear masks.”

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ZGBriefs | November 11, 2021

Xi Jinping cements his power with resolution on history (November 10, 2021, MERICS) Meticulously worded and politically charged, it is a powerful document that determines the official narrative of party history and is to be used as an ideological guide for policies in the future.