June Cheng

June is the East Asia correspondent for WORLD Magazine. Follow June on Twitter @JuneCheng_World.

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Drowning in overtime

Work & Calling | Are opponents of Chinese tech’s 72-hour workweeks really ‘slackers’?
by June Cheng
Posted 4/18/19, 09:57 am

In China, as the economy slows, wages stagnate, and layoffs increase, workers at Chinese tech companies are pushing back against a grueling work culture known as the “996.” 

The term refers to working from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week.

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‘Sinicizing’ religion

Persecution | A sweeping campaign against house churches in China is sending leaders to prison and forcing many faithful Christians underground
by June Cheng
Posted 4/11/19, 03:07 pm

On a Sunday morning in the fall of 2017, I arrived at Jiangxin Building in downtown Chengdu, walked past rows of parked scooters, and waited for a rickety elevator to take me up to the 23rd floor. As the elevator doors opened, Early Rain Covenant Church was abuzz with activity.

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‘Now we are paying the price’

China | Hong Kong court convicts nine Umbrella Movement activists of ‘public nuisance’ crimes
by June Cheng
Posted 4/09/19, 03:27 pm

On Tuesday, a Hong Kong court found nine democracy activists guilty of public nuisance for their roles in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests, a ruling that deals a blow to civil society in the former British colony. Supporters of the activists showed up to West Kowloon Court this week carrying bright yellow umbrellas, a symbol of the 79-day protest that had called for universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

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