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 | October 29, 2020

The Virginian Roots of Yunnan’s Tobacco Industry (October 27, 2020, Sixth Tone) Seven decades ago, American cigarettes were a form of social as well as economic currency in China. Now locals are more likely to be offering than taking.

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ZGBriefs | October 22, 2020

Everlasting Splendor (October 17, 2020, The World of Chinese) This year, the palace is celebrating its 600th birthday with a new exhibition “Everlasting Splendor: Six Centuries at the Forbidden City,” which runs from September 10 to November 15.

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ZGBriefs | October 15, 2020

Chinese Christians Deserve a Better Label Than ‘Persecuted’ (October 9, 2020, Christianity Today) We need the Chinese church to be defined not by its limitations or what it does, but by how it is being made into the image of Christ.

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ZGBriefs | October 8, 2020

Chinese families shun Western universities as coronavirus, strained ties are ‘scaring middle-class families’ (October 3, 2020, South China Morning Post) About 81 per cent of affluent Chinese families whose children study foreign curriculums and take foreign examinations have decided to postpone plans to send them abroad for undergraduate or graduate studies

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ZGBriefs | October 1, 2020

Chinese Citizens Are Already Receiving a Coronavirus Vaccine (September 29, 2020, The New Yorker) These days, when I talk to people in the Chinese pharmaceutical and medical industries, I always ask, “Have you been vaccinated?”

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ZGBriefs | September 24, 2020

China to allow foreigners with valid residence permits to enter from Sept 28 (September 23, 2020, Reuters) China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday foreigners with valid residence permits can enter the country without needing to re-apply for visas from Sept. 28. Foreigners whose residence permits expired after March 28 can apply for visas at Chinese embassies and consulates for entry, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

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ZGBriefs | September 17, 2020

State Department lowers China travel advisory but warns of 'arbitrary detentions and exit bans' (September 14, 2020, USA Today) The U.S. Department of State lowered its advisory for China on Monday, from level 4 ("Do not travel") to level 3, urging Americans to reconsider any travel to that country.

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ZGBriefs | September 10, 2020

China doubles down against foreign teachers spreading Christianity (September 6, 2020, South China Morning Post). New foreign hires will also have to complete 20 hours of political indoctrination covering China’s development, laws, professional ethics and education policies.

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ZGBriefs | September 3, 2020

In China, the ‘Great Firewall’ Is Changing a Generation (September 1, 2020, Politico) Once it seemed inevitable that the internet would create a more open society. Now it’s fostering young nationalists.

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ZGBriefs | August 27, 2020

Life on the Slow Train: Views of a Vanishing China  (August 21, 2020, Sixth Tone)First built in the 1950s, the iconic green trains are a relic of another age, differing in almost every way from the sleek high-speed rail cars replacing them. Tickets are dirt-cheap. The carriages are crowded, chaotic, and stifling in the summer […]