The Souls of China

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by Shani Cave on June 21st, 2017   306 views

When and Where

  • 21/06/2017
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  • Polish Embassy in Beijing
    1 Ritan Rd, JianWai DaJie
    (get map)

The Souls of China

Event Details

YCW Beijing is pleased to welcome award winning writing Ian Johnson, who will speak about his latest book, “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao” (2017).

China is undergoing one of the greatest religious revivals of our time, with new temples, mosques and churches sprouting up across the country. What is driving this search for spirituality and what are its implications for China’s future?

Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer focusing on society, religion, and history. He works out of Beijing, where he also teaches and advises academic journals and think tanks.


Johnson has spent over half of the past thirty years in the Greater China region, first as a student in Beijing from 1984 to 1985, and then in Taipei from 1986 to 1988. He later worked as a newspaper correspondent in China, from 1994 to 1996 with Baltimore’s The Sun, and from 1997 to 2001 with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered macroeconomics, China’s WTO accession and social issues.


In 2009, Johnson returned to China, where he writes features and essays for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, as well as other publications, such as The New Yorker and National Geographic. He teaches undergraduates at The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, where he also runs a fellowship program. In addition, he formally advises a variety of academic journals and think tanks on China, such as the Journal of Asian Studies, the Berlin-based think tank Merics, and New York University’s Center for Religion and Media.


He was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won in 2001 for his coverage of China. He also won two awards from the Overseas Press Club, and an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2017, he won Stanford University’s Shorenstein Journalism Award for his body of work covering Asia.


In 2006-07 he spent a year as a Nieman fellow at Harvard, and later received research and writing grants from the Open Society Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation.

Venue Details for Polish Embassy in Beijing

Address: 1 Ritan Rd, JianWai DaJie 建国门外日坛路1号.

50 meters North-East of the St. Regis hotel, South of the Ritan ParkFor those arriving by subway: go to Jianguomen Station on lines 1 & 2, take exit B, walk eastwards along the Jianguomen Outer St. (about 250 m) to the first intersection with traffic lights (it’s Ritan Rd.), where you turn left and walk along the Ritan Road for another 250-300 m until you arrive at the Embassy’s gate (which will be on your right).

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