China’s Way to Happiness

In the New York Review of Books, Ian Johnson interviews Richard Madsen, a scholar on Chinese...

Success Brings Scrutiny to Chinese Mystic

Over the past week and amid a state campaign discouraging superstition among the political elite, “Qigong master” Wang Lin has attracted much attention in the Chinese media due to his relationships with high-profile...

China’s “Tortured Contemporary Psyche”

Drawing on his experience as a visiting professor in Chongqing, Gerard Lemos laments the anxieties faced by China’s masses under the rule of a Communist party plagued by divisions at the top and corruption at the bottom....

Notes from a Chinese Cave: Qigong’s Quiet Return

In the New York Review of Books, Ian Johnson writes about his experiences on a ten-day qigong retreat in a cave: In November, I came to Jinhua with about 400 others on a ten-day retreat to study with Wang Liping, probably...

The Rise of the Tao

The New York Times Magazine has a lengthy article about the renovation of a Taoist temple and the revival of the belief system in China: RELIGION HAS LONG played a central role in Chinese life, but for much of the 20th century,...

The Holy Olympic Torch, Atheism and Tibet

Beijing based poet, writer and blogger Dong Guangfu (董桄福) published the following essay online, partially translated by Linjun Fan: The holy Olympic Torch has been lighted, and passed on across the world. The dream of a large...



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