Category Archives: culture

Xi Jinping as a guardian of Buddhism – Ian Johnson

Journalist Ian Johnson will soon publish his groundbreaking book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao. For the New York Times he selected a special story, on how president Xi Jinping became the guardian of Buddhism and other traditional believes, and today uses it, not as an object for repression, but as a part of China’s globalization strategy.

China’s emerging LGBT consumers – Jeffrey Towson

Disney’s movie Beauty and the Beast has not been released in Malaysia for a overtly gay scene. In China it was not problem, triggering off much attention also from state-owned media. Other countries have already discovered the LGBT community as an attractive group of consumers, and Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson discusses at his weblog this emerging community in China.

Ian Johnson wins Shorenstein Journalism Award

Veteran China foreign correspondent and Pulitzer Price winner Ian Johnson has won the prestigious Shorenstein Journalism Award for 2016, the organization announced. Ian Johnson is currently working for the New York Times and the New York Review of Books. In a few weeks time his book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao will be available.

Religion: flourishing in China – Ian Johnson

When you believe Western media, religion is suffering severely from repression in China. But author Ian Johnson explored for his book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao the different religions in the country and discovered they are flourishing like they did not do for a long time, he tells to Christianity Today.

What makes China tick? – Ian Johnson

Journalist Ian Johnson discusses his forthcoming book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao on the return of religion in China. Chinese want now to do more than only make money, he says. They are looking what brings us together. What makes China tick?

Ian Johnson’s book tour in April, May, the US and China

The long anticipated book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao by journalist Ian Johnson will hit the shelves in April and May, and is followed by an intensive book tour, mostly along academic institutions in the US and China.

Exploring China´s flower girls – Zhang Lijia

The leading Chinese magazine Caixin interviews author Zhang Lijia about her book Lotus: A Novel about prostitution in China. “Prostitutes are real people, and I wanted to expose that. Like any job, there are drawbacks. But their lives are not totally bleak either.”

Prostitution: a career move in an unequal society – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia of the much-acclaimed book Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China discusses with Eric Fish on the weblog of the Asia Society how Chinese women end up in this trade. While triggered off by inequality, it is a way to improve their lives, she says.

Why writing in English makes me freer – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia of the recently published Lotus: A Novel is a native from Nanjing, but writes in English. Writing in her chosen language makes her feel more free, she explains in an interview with Mengfei Chen of the LA Review of Books.

Comparing China´s generations – Tom Doctoroff

Marketing guru Tom Doctoroff explores his insights in the different generations he saw in China, born in both the 1980s and 1990s, in a lecture for the Asia Society, just before leaving China after 18 years. “They want a free mind, but within a framework,” he tells his audience.