Articles By: Ryland Barton
The majority of rural Chinese practice traditional folk religion, which incorporates deities, spirits, and ancestor worship. But more and more rural Chinese are converting to Christianity, with its own Chinese characteristics.
All across China, the government is relocating citizens to ease growing pressures on land use—and often inciting a public outcry. In May, a man from Fujian Province suicide-bombed a government building after officials demolished his business. But in mountainous Zhejiang Province, some citizens are more than glad to be moved closer to villages with higher standards of living.
In 21st century China, where what your drive increasingly determines your social status. The BMW 5 Series is strictly for middle management while the 7 Series models signals corporate executive. The Audi A6 is reserved for government officials and businessmen while old money sticks to the Mercedes Benz E Class.
Lee So Young talks with an American visitor in a Tsinghua University campus coffee shop on the northwest side of Beijing. A citizen of South Korea, she’s come here to study in part because it’s less expensive than her home country’s university system, but also because of the complicated media climate.
Churches catering to Chinese immigrants have long been a vehicle for newcomers to integrate with American society, helping them find to learn English, develop job skills, and make friends. And true to the pattern, it’s that promise of community in unfamiliar circumstances that gets new members in the door at Northwest Christian Church in Round Rock, Texas.