June Cheng

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

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Learning to think for ourselves

China | A Chinese student recounts her transition from rote secular learning to a Classical Christian education
by June Cheng
Posted 9/03/14, 09:23 am

Mirro Ren studied at a prestigious foreign language middle school in Southwest China, and she was miserable. Daily classes Monday through Saturday were broken into three sections—7:20 a.m. to noon; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. After that, she had homework to complete, which she could work on during her lunch break, and on Sundays she spent two hours in “cram school” tutoring sessions.

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Hong Kong fumes as China revokes promised democracy

China
by June Cheng
Posted 9/02/14, 07:28 pm

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are threatening protests after Beijing announced election rules Sunday that would limit democracy in the former British colony. The new rules dictate that a committee filled with Beijing loyalists must approve candidates for Hong Kong’s chief executive in 2017, breaking a promise that the region would be eligible for universal suffrage by then.

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Risks and rewards

Back to School | Amid limited resources and a hostile government, a Chinese Christian school movement is growing
by June Cheng
Posted 8/22/14, 01:00 am

CHINA—After service on Sunday at a large house church in China, congregants gathered in the sanctuary to share their thoughts about the sermon they had heard. One woman stood up and expressed her gratitude to American missionaries John and Betty Stam, who were murdered by Communist Chinese soldiers in 1934 while bringing the gospel to the Chinese people. “We used to see [Communist General] Fang Zhimin as a hero, but now I realize that he killed so many people,” she said. “It makes me wonder how much of what we learned in school was incorrect.”

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