June Cheng

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

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Defender of Hong Kong

Democracy | One pastor’s journey from life on the streets to the head of pro-democracy protests
by June Cheng
Posted 4/24/19, 03:55 pm

As buses rumbled by and tourists jostled past, a procession of 400 people solemnly walked the streets of Hong Kong on March 30, at times singing hymns, at times silent. At the front of the crowd strode a 75-year-old Baptist pastor with white hair. Chu Yiu-ming, a longtime democracy activist, walked with his head slightly bowed, his face sorrowful, pacing in the shadow of a wooden cross carried by a fellow marcher.

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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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