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 | 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.
ZGBriefs | January 11, 2018
Livestreaming Country Life Is Turning Some Chinese Farmers into Celebrities (January 3, 2018, NPR)
Each day, farmer Liu livestreams video of his life in rural Sichuan province to nearly 200,000 subscribers
ZGBriefs | January 4, 2018
99 Questions for Global Families (digging for gold in your own home) (January 2, 2018, The Culture Blend)
This is what I’m finding — The questions may be simple but the answers are pure and priceless.
ZGBriefs | December 28, 2017
China Visas Explained (December 27, 2017, China Briefing)
Here, we provide details on all of the different types of visas and their applications and permitted uses.
ZGBriefs | December 21, 2017
The Confucian Fundamentalists Who Want to Boycott Christmas (December 18, 2017, Sixth Tone)
Any tolerance toward purportedly non-Chinese religions is tacit acceptance of spiritual and cultural pollution, one that is usually decried as “Westernization.”
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.”