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 | May 24, 2018
Baozi vs. Jiaozi (May 20, 2018, Transparent Language) Both are cheap, delicious little bundles of joy, so you really can’t go wrong either way.
ZGBriefs | May 17, 2018
How China is trying to impose Islam with Chinese characteristics in the Hui Muslim heartland(May 14, 2018, South China Morning Post) Calls to prayer are now banned in Yinchuan on the grounds of noise pollution.
ZGBriefs | May 10, 2018
The Chinese American Protestant Christians of Flushing, Queens (May 4, 2018, NYC Religions) Flushing’s Christian churches are becoming global hubs for Chinese evangelical Christians.
ZGBriefs | May 3, 2018
Grid Management and Social Control in China (April 29, 2018, China Policy Institute)
The adoption of grid management signals the government’s tightened monitoring of society in China.
ZGBriefs | April 26, 2018
Five ways China's past has shaped its present (April 20, 2018, BBC)
It is striking how many echoes of China’s past can be found in its present.
ZGBriefs | April 19, 2018
Why Christian High Schools Are Filling with Atheist Students(February 20, 2018, Christianity Today) Chinese parents send their children to America out of frustration with their own highly competitive and narrowly tracked education system.
ZGBriefs | April 12, 2018
China’s Communist Party Takes (Even More) Control of the Media: A ChinaFile Conversation (April 11, 2018, China File) What does this change mean? Various experts weigh in.
ZGBriefs | April 5, 2018
China’s online retailers pull Bible from shelves as Beijing gets strict on sale of holy text (April 5, 2018, South China Morning Post) The authorities are no longer looking the other way when it comes to selling Bibles online.
ZGBriefs | March 29, 2018
Nobody Knows Anything About China (March 21, 2018, Foreign Policy) We don’t know China because most information is unreliable, partial, and/or distorted.
ZGBriefs | March 22, 2018
The Foreign Missionaries Who First Turned a Lens on China (March 16, 2018, Sixth Tone)
Very few Chinese people owned cameras at this time. Of even greater value than the photographs themselves was the fact that the missionaries were focusing the lens on what Chinese people considered extremely mundane, looking at Chinese life from a foreigner’s perspective.
ZGBriefs | March 15, 2018
Forbidden Feeds: Government Controls on Social Media in China (March 13, 2018, Pen) A look at how the Party monitors and controls online expression, particularly on social media platforms.
ZGBriefs | March 8, 2018
China’s Cities Are Making Migrant Workers Profoundly Lonely (March 6, 2018, Sixth Tone) Shenzhen is hardly anyone’s laojia. Of the millions of people who live here, most have ties with the city that stretch back no further than a generation.
ZGBriefs | March 1, 2018
Xi Won’t Go: A ChinaFile Conversation (February 25, 2018, China File)
What do constitutional changes mean for Chinese politics, political reform, and relations with the rest of the world?
ZGBriefs | February 22, 2018
China’s Hui Muslims fearful Chinese New Year education ban a sign of curbs to come (February 16, 2018, Reuters)
a ban on young people engaging in religious education in mosques is an unwelcome interference in how they lead their lives.
ZGBriefs | February 15, 2018
From imitation to innovation: How China became a tech superpower (February 13, 2018, Wired)
In China, change comes so quickly that the future can arrive before the past is fully stripped away.
ZGBriefs | February 8, 2018
Possible deal between Vatican and China alarms many Catholics (February 2, 2018,
The Washington Post)
Reports that the Vatican and China have reached an agreement on appointing bishops have been greeted with consternation by many Catholics in China and Taiwan.
ZGBriefs | February 1, 2018
China’s Rise and the Church’s Call (January 30, 2018, The Gospel Coalition)
We need to welcome a newfound interdependence with the global church—including brothers and sisters in China.
ZGBriefs | January 25, 2018
How China Plans to Feed 1.4 Billion Growing Appetites (February 2018, National Geographic) As more Chinese crave Western-style diets, the booming nation rushes to industrialize an agricultural economy long built around small farms.
ZGBriefs | January 18, 2018
Tea if by sea, cha if by land: Why the world only has two words for tea (January 11, 2018, Quartz)
There are only two ways to say "tea" in the world and both versions come from China.