Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Ian Johnson is publishing a new book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao. In The Souls of China, Ian lets the readers know about religions in China today — the history, the spiritual traditions of the country’s Eastern and Western faiths, and the ways in which it is influencing China’s future.
Here is a synopsis of Ian‘s new book:
Following a century of violent antireligious campaigns, China is now awash with new temples, churches, and mosques—as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Driving this explosion of faith is uncertainty—over what it means to be Chinese, and how to live an ethical life in a country that discarded traditional morality a century ago and is still searching for new guideposts. Ian Johnson lived for extended periods with underground church members, rural Daoists, and Buddhist pilgrims. He has distilled these experiences into a cycle of festivals, births, deaths, detentions, and struggle—a great awakening of faith that is shaping the soul of the world’s newest superpower.
Ian Johnson first went to China in 1984 and has lived there off and on for a dozen years. He was bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of China. He has also won two Overseas Press Club awards for his work on China and Asian economics.
He is currently affiliated with the New York Times and working on a book about grassroots change in China. His articles also appear in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Foreign Policy and the Journal of Chinese Religions. He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a fellow at the Open Society Institute.
Ian Johnson’s speaking topics include:
- The Soul of a Superpower
- The Silent Majority: why grassroots China matters
- China’s changing political landscape
- Misunderstanding China