Religion in China: Back to the Center of Politics and Society

Apr 25, 2019, 4:30 pm4:30 pm
202 Jones



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For more than a hundred years, China embarked on a movement of forced secularization, with most religions heavily persecuted or banned. But religion is now back at the center of Chinese society and politics, with the country awash with new temples, churches, and mosques—as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Churches are being demolished and Muslims forced to attend reeducation camps, while the government is also promoting Buddhism and folk religion. How to reconcile these contradictory claims? Journalist Ian Johnson has lived in China for more than 20 years, following the country's search for values, faith, and new ways of organizing society.  

Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer focusing on society, religion, and history. He works out of Beijing, where he also teaches university classes. See his website:

  • Program and Department of East Asian Studies
  • Department of Religion
  • Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China
  • Program in Journalism, Humanities Council
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