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07.12.2014

Soccer on the Silk Road

Zhang Xinmin

As the World Cup draws to a close, we present a photo essay by Chinese photographer Zhang Xinmin exploring the game of soccer along the Silk Road in Xinjiang, where it has a special place in Uighur education and culture.

Caixin Media

06.10.2014

A Jesuit Astronomer in a Qing Emperor’s Court

Caixin, Sheila Melvin

Of the 920 Jesuits who served in the China mission between 1552 and 1800, only the Italian Matteo Ricci (Li Madou) remains well known.

Books

06.09.2014

Voices from Tibet

Laura Chang, Robert Barnett

Tsering Woeser and Wang Lixiong are widely regarded as the most eloquent, insightful writers on contemporary Tibet.

Books

05.22.2014

Age of Ambition

Evan Osnos

From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy—or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation.

Media

05.15.2014

Evan Osnos: China’s ‘Age of Ambition’

Evan Osnos, Orville Schell

New Yorker correspondent Evan Osnos discusses his new book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, with Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Rel

Media

04.11.2014

Is Jesus Really Hotter Than Mao on China’s Social Media?

Tea Leaf Nation

It’s easier to talk about Jesus than Chinese President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping on Weibo, China’s massive Twitter-like social media platform.

Chinese Atheists? What the Pew Survey Gets Wrong

Ian Johnson

Earlier this month, I came across a fascinating opinion survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project. The report asked people in forty countries whether belief in God is necessary for morality.

The Brave Catholics of China

Ian Johnson

Like most pilgrimage sites in China, the shrine in the village of Cave Gulley in Shanxi province is located partway up a mountain, reachable by steep stairs that are meant to shift worshipers’ attention from the world below to heaven abo

Caixin Media

03.03.2014

Kunming Attack Is ‘China’s 9/11,’ State Media Says

Caixin

In the days after a major terror attack in Kunming, state media outlets are calling for a united front to combat terror and warning against excusing the attackers or criticizing the government’s policies on minorities.

Blog

02.22.2014

What Can the Dalai Lama’s White House Visit Actually Accomplish?

Isabel Hilton, Donald Clarke, Robert Thurman, Matteo Mecacci, Vincent Ni, Edward Friedman

On February 21, the Dalai Lama visited United States President Barack Obama in the White House over the objections of the Chinese government.

Blog

02.13.2014

Are Ethnic Tensions on the Rise in China?

Enze Han, James Palmer, Robert Barnett, Nicholas Bequelin, James A. Millward, Rachel Harris, James Leibold, Uradyn E. Bulag, Nathan Hill, Elliot Sperling, Tsering Shakya, Emily Ting Yeh

On December 31, President Xi Jinping appeared on CCTV and extended his “New Year’s wishes to Chinese of all ethnic groups.” On January 15, Beijing officials

China’s Way to Happiness

Ian Johnson

Richard Madsen is one of the modern-day founders of the study of Chinese religion.

Other

12.26.2013

2013 Year in Review

The Editors

As the year draws to a close, we want to take a moment to look back at some of the stories ChinaFile published in 2013. We hope you’ll find something that interests you to read—or watch—over the holidays.

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