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Religion and the Search for Meaning in the People’s Republic

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China’s rapid rise has challenged the international trading order and the security architecture of the Asia-Pacific, disorienting China’s neighbors as well as nations on the far side of the world. Amidst the global anxiety precipitated by the scale and scope of change in China, foreign analysts often overlook the impact of explosive development on the Chinese themselves. In his new book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion after Mao, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Ian Johnson explores the ways that social dislocations and the recovery of Chinese and foreign faith traditions are reshaping Chinese lives. Johnson argues that, far from being an atheist or consumerist nation, a new Great Awakening is underway in China.

Please join the Kissinger Institute for a discussion of how Christianity, Buddhism, Daoism, Folk Religion, and Islam are shaping Chinese communities. Books will be available for purchase.



  • Robert Daly

    Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States