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ZGBriefs | September 9, 2021

Beijing 2022 Olympics presents opportunities & challenges for China (September 7, 2021, Dao Insights) Now there is a new event on the horizon for China – another Olympic Games that promises to be just as spectacular as the last. The 2022 Winter Olympics is being held in Beijing, the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Games, making this event one that will truly go down in history. But what will these Games mean for China, and China’s image in the eyes of the world?

Chinese Church Voices

China’s Churches Celebrate Christmas

With many churches in Beijing not being able to worship on site this year due to the pandemic one Christian tells of a Christmas Eve worship service that he was able to attend.

Book Reviews

America for Americans

A Book Review

In her book, Lee examines the ways xenophobia manifests itself, and how it has been directed at specific groups of immigrants throughout American history. From the pre-Revolutionary War period to the Muslim Ban of 2017, this book points out that the fear of foreigners manifests contemporary social, political, and economic anxieties.

Blog Entries

The Chinese Church May Be More Complex than You Thought

When we talk about Protestant Christianity in contemporary China, two trademarks stand out: dual networks (Three-Self Patriotic Movement and house church movement), and strong governmental oversight or control of the church. However, they also point to a reality of great diversity, richness, and irony.

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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 […]

Blog Entries

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom

A Book Review

The rather battered and dog-eared cover to my copy of Pomfret's book is testimony to both prolonged and careful reading.

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ZGBriefs | April 30, 2020

US education faces US$15 billion hit as Chinese students stay away (April 23, 2020, South China Morning Post) The Covid-19 pandemic has upended the appetite for prestigious US degrees among Chinese students, jeopardising US$15 billion in revenue for American colleges.

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ZGBriefs | January 16, 2020

China can't rule out new virus spreading between humans  (January 15, 2020, CBS News)
The possibility that a new virus in central China could spread between humans cannot be ruled out, though the risk of transmission at the moment appears to be low, Chinese officials said Wednesday.

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ZGBriefs | January 2, 2020

Outspoken Chinese Pastor Wang Yi Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison  (December 30, 2019, Christianity Today)
China on Monday sentenced a prominent pastor who operated outside the Communist Party–recognized Protestant organization to nine years in prison. 

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ZGBriefs | November 14, 2019

Names from God: The power of Protestant names in China  (November 13, 2019, Contemporary China Centre Blog)
Church leaders play a central role in the naming process and some are regarded as such adept name-givers that they are approached by people from outside of the church to name children.