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 | 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.

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ZGBriefs | November 4, 2021

Hopes for China Reopening Dashed by New Limits on Airline Flights This Winter (October 29, 2021, Skift) The world is slowly reopening for wider travel. China, for now, will not be part of that movement. Airlines are among those feeling the brunt.

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ZGBriefs | October 28, 2021

China is removing domes from mosques as part of a push to make them more 'Chinese' (October 24, 2021, NPR) China is removing the domes and minarets from thousands of mosques across the country. Authorities say the domes are evidence of foreign religious influence and are taking down overtly Islamic architecture as part of a push to sinicize historically Muslim ethnic groups — to make them more traditionally Chinese.

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ZGBriefs | October 21, 2021

Things Confucius Never Said (October 16, 2021, Sixth Tone) But the sayings quoted by your teacher, grandma, and “spiritual” friends may well never have actually been uttered by Confucius; or if they were, they could have been wildly misrepresented since his death.

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ZGBriefs | October 14, 2021

Changing China: How Xi's 'common prosperity' may impact the world (October 9, 2021, BBC) One of the most visible consequences of common prosperity has been the refocusing of corporate China's priorities to the domestic market.

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ZGBriefs | October 7, 2021

Hammered by Blackouts, China’s Rust Belt Grinds Down (October 5, 2021, Sixth Tone) Since September, high coal costs and inflexible electricity prices have caused shortages that forced local governments to implement rolling blackouts for energy-intensive industries.

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ZGBriefs | September 30, 2021

China’s Housing Bubble Puts All Other Housing Bubbles to Shame (September 27, 2021, Bloomberg) Pyramid scheme, house of cards, Jenga tower with half the pieces missing, intoxicated teenager on stilts.

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ZGBriefs | September 23, 2021

Can I travel to mainland China? A guide to entry restrictions, documents, and vaccination and testing requirements (September 17, 2021, South China Morning Post) The measures look set to continue despite the potential long-term economic impact and the nation’s plans to host international events including the Winter Olympics. Here is what you need to know about China’s latest entry restrictions.