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Cruelly misled

Human Rights | To North Korea and back again: Kawasaki Eiko’s story
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 9/13/18, 02:59 pm

At age 17, Kawasaki Eiko boarded a ship from her home in Japan and headed to North Korea, a land depicted as paradise on earth with free education, healthcare, food, and ample jobs. The year was 1960, and Kawasaki and hundreds of other Zainichi Koreans—ethnically Korean residents in Japan—were desperate to leave the poverty and discrimination they faced in Japan after World War II. Propaganda by North Korea and groups representing Koreans in Japan provided a seemingly simple solution: move to North Korea.

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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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Cross demolitions continue

China | As the Communist Party tightens religious rules yet again, Chinese Christians document ongoing persecution
by June Cheng
Posted 8/31/18, 01:20 pm

Earlier this week, the Chinese Communist Party released new rules for its 90 million party members, tightening religious restrictions and requiring complete loyalty to President Xi Jinping. The rules require party committees to “strengthen the ideological education of religious members,” and those who don’t change should be “persuaded to quit the party.” Members who attend “activities that use religion for incitement” would also be expelled. 

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