June Cheng

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

Zhongming Jiang

Wang Yi: The long road

Q&A | A pastor’s perspective on Chinese house church obstacles and opportunities
by June Cheng
Posted 5/13/16, 01:00 am

Our April 30 cover story reported on the bravery of Pastor Wang Yi and his Chengdu Early Rain Reformed Church in Chengdu, China. I first interviewed him in 2014 one day after he was taken into a local police station for passing out brochures urging women not to abort their babies.

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Author in exile

China | Writer and political activist Yu Jie has discovered Chinese censorship reaching even outside the mainland
by June Cheng
Posted 5/13/16, 01:00 am

On Dec. 10, 2010, the striking image of an empty chair at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway, reverberated around the globe. The chair represented the absence of the prize’s imprisoned recipient, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

Back in Beijing, another chair stood empty that night—the chair of Liu’s close friend and fellow democracy activist Yu Jie, the target of an outraged Chinese government lashing out against the Nobel winner’s closest associates.

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House church on a hill

China | A Christian school. A pro-life ministry. A presbytery. One trailblazing congregation in southwest China is launching politically taboo initiatives and reshaping the face of the nation’s house church movement—under a government’s wary eye
by June Cheng
Posted 4/15/16, 01:00 am

CHENGDU, China—The spicy smell of mouth-numbing Sichuan pepper permeates the air in Chengdu in southwest China, wafting out of restaurants selling wontons and noodles drenched in red chili oil. 

On one busy main street past a fruit stand advertising hand-squeezed orange juice, around the corner from a men’s clothing store blaring Korean pop music, stands an unassuming low-rise office building that now houses one of the most influential house churches in China, Chengdu Early Rain Reformed Church.

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