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November 20, 2014

 ZGBriefs November 2014


Since the launch of ZGBriefs in 2001, we have produced more than 600 weekly newsletters. At first, it was just a Word document sent out by email. Then it was distributed using a dedicated email application. In 2010, ZGBriefs got it’s own website ( which allowed for easy access to the archives and an easier subscription process.

Now, we are making plans to move ZGBriefs to a new ChinaSource website. You could say we’re bringing it “home.”

By moving to the ChinaSource site, we hope to more fully integrate it within the family of ChinaSource publications. This will also allow for cross-referencing with other similar content produced by ChinaSource. In order to prepare for the move, we are putting ZGBriefs on hold for the next three weeks.

We are grateful for your loyalty to ZGBriefs, and don’t want to leave you out of the loop during this hiatus. We’d love to have you stay connected and informed by following our various social media accounts. Each day we will post numerous links to interesting and timely articles about China and the Church in China. You don’t need to miss a thing!

We also are grateful for your support in response to the financial appeal that we posted last week. Thanks for helping us serve those who serve China.

We hope that you and your family and friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

The ZGBriefs Team


Even though we are not publishing a full ZGBriefs newsletter this week, here are five articles that you might find interesting:

As Chinese Adoptees Return Home, a New Genre Tells Their Tales (November 14, 2014, China Real Time)

“What if I wasn’t given away?” It’s the question that has crossed the mind of almost every adopted child. Very few get satisfactory answers, but from “Mommy Dearest” to “Star Wars,” the foundling’s search has long created powerful narratives. Now, a new phase in this subgenre is beginning, as adoptees resulting from China’s one-child policy reach maturity and begin their quest for answers.

Q. and A.: Kung Tsui-chang on Life as the Heir to Confucius (November 14, 2014, The New York Times)

Kung Tsui-chang is a 39-year-old businessman in Taiwan who is the 79th-generation direct descendant of Confucius. He inherited the title of Sacrificial Official to Confucius from his grandfather, Kung Te-cheng, who died in 2008. The position was created by the Republic of China in 1935 after it abolished the title of Duke of Yansheng, a noble rank in Imperial China given to the descendants of the Chinese scholar and philosopher. […] In an interview, he discussed the role of Confucianism in Asia today, his links with his family in China and what it was like growing up as the heir of such a famous figure:

Chinese Students at U.S. Universities Jump 75% in Three Years (November 16, 2014, Bloomberg)

The number of Chinese students at U.S. universities jumped 75 percent in three years to almost 275,000 in the last academic year, according to a report. Students from China made up the largest contingent among the 886,052 foreign students last year, with 31 percent, the Institute of International Education, a New York-based nonprofit group, said today. India is second with 12 percent of the total, followed by South Korea with 7.7 percent.

Wrecked Ship Carrying Bodies of Chinese Miners Found, 112 Years After It Disappeared (November 19, 2014, China Real Time)

The wreckage of a Hong Kong-bound ship carrying the bodies of 499 Chinese miners has been found off New Zealand’s coast, 112 years after it sank. In October 1902, the SS Ventnor was bound for Hong Kong when it sank about 20 kilometers off the west coast of the island nation after hitting a reef. Deep within the hull of the ship were the bodies of the Chinese gold miners, who were being repatriated for burial in their homeland after dying in the South Pacific country. Today, searchers announced that the remains of the ship has finally been found.

Discovering the joy: Serving the city with Chinese scholars (November 19, 2014, China Partnership Blog)

“Volunteering created this opportunity for me. I realized that these are real, ordinary people. Some people are homeless because they suffer from addictions or mental illness. Others have lost their homes because they don’t have a job. They are not like the remarks that people make about the homeless in the newspaper or on websites, or that my friends make all the time. Maybe some of them had caused a crime before, but isn’t my prejudice another crime of the heart?” Robert, a visiting professor from China at the University of Washington, wrote the above after volunteering for the first time, serving a meal to people at the Recovery Café in Seattle.

And one more thing…. The ChinaSource Annual Report 2013-2014 is now available. Rejoice with us in what God has done!