June Cheng

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

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Short stories of communism

Persecution | Two collections of short fiction depict communist absurdities in China and North Korea
by June Cheng
Posted 9/20/18, 05:49 pm

This summer, I’ve read two collections of short stories: The Execution of Mayor Yin and Other Stories from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution by Chen Jo-hsi and The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea by Bandi. The two books were written in different places and times, but both tell what it’s like for ordinary people to live under a communist regime.

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Raid on Zion

China | Beijing authorities shut down prominent unregistered church
by June Cheng
Posted 9/13/18, 03:10 pm

On Sunday, Chinese authorities officially banned one of the country’s largest unregistered house churches, Beijing’s Zion Church. Two days later, authorities detained senior pastor Ezra Jin and other Zion leaders, the latest move in the government’s recent crackdown on Christianity.

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Hard tests for China’s Christian schools

Education | The emerging Christian school movement in China is battling for its future amid government opposition and administrative troubles
by June Cheng
Posted 9/13/18, 01:07 pm

The start of a new school year brings varied emotions: excitement to reunite with friends, the dread of homework, or, for parents, the relief of an empty, quiet house. But for students and parents at unregistered Christian schools in China, another feeling reigns: uncertainty. Will their school remain open all year, or will the government try to shut it down?

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