ZGBriefs is for those who want and need to keep up on what is happing 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.
ZGBriefs | December 14, 2017
O Holy Night, The Disco Ball is Shining (December 12, 2017, Small Town Laowai)
Rather than a traditional song, a new pulsating dance song started blaring through the loudspeakers.
ZGBriefs | December 7, 2017
For Decades, China's Laborers Moved To Cities. Now They're Being Forced Out (December 6, 2017, NPR)
Beijing's plan to move millions of migrant workers, who perform essential services, out of the city,
ZGBriefs | November 30, 2017
Cheering China’s Urbana: Churches Poised to Become Major Exporters (November 27, 2017, Christianity Today)
When 1,200 youth gathered for the first Chinese “Urbana-style” missions conference this fall, 300 pledged to become full-time missionaries.
ZGBriefs | November 16, 2017
Chinese Grads Return Home With Degrees and Disillusionment (November 10, 2017, Sixth Tone)
“Unlike 10 years ago, employers now don’t care much whether a candidate has studied abroad.”
ZGBriefs | November 9, 2017
Confucius Institutes across Africa are nurturing generations of pro-China Mandarin speakers (November 3, 2017, Quartz)
China is driving the largest language and culture-promoting initiative the world has ever seen.
ZGBriefs | November 2, 2017
Documentary: Down From the Mountains (October 31, 2017, China File)
The three siblings are among an estimated 9 million so-called “left-behind children” currently living in the Chinese countryside without their parents.
ZGBriefs | October 26, 2017
Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens (October 21, 2017, Wired)
But now imagine a system where all these behaviours are rated as either positive or negative and distilled into a single number, according to rules set by the government. That would create your Citizen Score and it would tell everyone whether or not you were trustworthy.
ZGBriefs | October 19, 2017
Why Do We Keep Writing About Chinese Politics As if We Know More Than We Do? (October 16, 2017, China File)
Even the best-sourced experts can’t discern how policy preferences and objectives shape political coalitions or élite Party divisions, and we lack critical diagnostic information that would be necessary to confirm or refute competing hypotheses about major political questions.
ZGBriefs | October 12, 2017
Issues and Challenges for Chinese Christians as Seen Online (September 8, 2017, Chinese Law and Government)
This edition of Chinese Law and Government hopes to go beyond the tired paradigm of control and resistance by presenting a small sample of the kind of online content created by Chinese Christians, revealing to some extent what topics and issues are important to church members.
ZGBriefs | October 5, 2017
10 Chinese Christians the Western Church Should Know (October 3, 2017, Christianity Today)
These saints who played such an essential role in the establishment of an explicitly Chinese church deserve to be recognized for their service. May their stories inspire new generations of women and men in China and beyond to serve God wherever he may lead.
ZGBriefs | September 28, 2017
The Fast-Fading Memories of Harbin’s Migrant History (September 26, 2017, Sixth Tone)
The construction of the Chinese Eastern Railway saw the arrival of a wave of Russian immigrants in northeastern China. At first, most were rail workers and their families, but later, merchants who had caught wind of the enormous commercial potential raced to open stores in the northeast. By 1917, Russian immigrants made up more than a quarter of residents in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province.
ZGBriefs | September 21, 2017
The Unprecedented Reach of China’s Surveillance State (September 15, 2017, China File)
The Chinese Party-state is building a social credit system for collecting information about all of its citizens by police, courts, and other institutions. This enables the government to reach into society to a degree unprecedented in history.
ZGBriefs | September 14, 2017
How I Help Students Cheat Their Way to Academic Success (September 12, 2017, Sixth Tone)
I knew what I was doing was unethical, but I also knew I didn’t have enough cash to get through the month.
ZGBriefs | September 7, 2017
Homeschooling Still Illegal, Warns Chinese Government (September 6, 2017, Sixth Tone)
In an effort to reduce dropout rates, the Chinese government has clarified that homeschooling, as well as so-called sishu schools that focus on teaching classic Chinese culture, are illegal.
ZGBriefs | August 31, 2017
My Private Space (August 25, 2017, From the West Courtyard)
After a night of baking, students were packing up their cookies to take home to the dorms. For several it was their first experience with an oven, measuring cups, and following a recipe. Vanilla had spilled, fingers had been burned, and the recipe had been seen as a good suggestion. They tasted their creations and rated their success. The general consensus? “Can we do it again?” Of course.
ZGBriefs | August 24, 2017
Should Publications Compromise to Remain in China? - A ChinaFile Conversation (August 21, 2017, China File)
Freedom of expression may have won this battle against state censorship, but if state interference continues what compromises is it permissable for academic institutions and publications to make to stay inside China?
ZGBriefs | August 17, 2017
Five Things Every New Expat Should Know (August 14, 2017, The Culture Blend)
There is nothing in the world like the beginning of a cross-cultural experience. It is a jumbled, beautiful mess of every possible emotion, wrapped in giddy wonder, coated in absolute confusion.
ZGBriefs | August 10, 2017
'China has conquered Kenya': Inside Beijing's new strategy to win African hearts and minds (August 7, 2017, The Los Angeles Times)
As a digital infrastructure provider, StarTimes is helping African states transition from analog television — a technology akin to FM radio, rife with snow, static and dropped signals — to digital, which ensures high-quality image and sound. As a pay-TV company, it is stacking its networks with pro-China broadcasts. As both, it is materially improving the lives of countless Africans, then making China’s role in those improvements impossible to ignore.
ZGBriefs | August 3, 2017
The Elderly Are Becoming the New Self-Governing Subjects in China (August 2, 2017, China Policy Institute)
Senior citizens, now retired from decades of public and productive life contributing to the nation’s GDP and nation-building, are now private citizens with ageing bodies and often declining health. […] This shift of their social identity from productive worker to individual consumer puts elderly individuals in China at a moral and ethical crossroads, caught between traditional, family-oriented values of personal sacrifice and new individualistic practices.