Religion After Mao

Monday, May 1, 2017

12:00 pm

Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center Map

Sponsored by:
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

In Celebration of the 15th Annual Shorenstein Journalism Award

Following a century of violent anti-religious campaigns, China is now filled 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. Throughout his career in journalism and in his new book Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao (Pantheon/Knopf in the United States and Penguin in the U.K., both April 2017), Johnson 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. This panel discussion, featuring a keynote speech delivered by Johnson, will explore the resurgence of religion and value systems in China.

Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao will be available for sale. Cash or check only


Ian Johnson, Pulitzer-Prize winning writer focusing on society, religion, and history and 2016 Shorenstein Journalism Award winner

Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society

Xueguang Zhou, Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Economic Development; Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

Monday, May 1, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center Map

RSVP required by April 27

This event is free and open to the public


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