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This chapter features statistics from Chinese WeChat research reports and analyzes content from WeChat public accounts, WeChat groups, and WeChat individual conversations. It finds that government control measures instigated heated discussion over religious issues both in private and public spaces, as never before. New technologies of the Internet and cell phones enable religious resources to become more visible, accessible and available, making it difficult for the government to block information exchange when multiple Internet platforms are linked together. The shutdown, rebuilding, and development of religious public accounts reveal the vitality of Christian communities under government’s restriction. The functions of the WeChat platform enable new forms of knowledge transmission and creation; the forming of mega-groups on WeChat reinforces fast transmission of common sense and cultural awareness among group members. The mobile platform enables people from around the world to form communities with similar values and allows them to work together for the same cause and shared agenda.

In: Shades of Gray in the Changing Religious Markets of China
In: Towards a Chinese Civil Code
In: Women and Curiosity in Early Modern England and France
Rupture and Continuity in Modern Chinese Detective Fiction (1896–1949)
In Detecting Chinese Modernities: Rupture and Continuity in Modern Chinese Detective Fiction (1896–1949), Yan Wei historicizes the two stages in the development of Chinese detective fiction and discusses the rupture and continuity in the cultural transactions, mediation, and appropriation that occurred when the genre of detective fiction traveled to China during the first half of the twentieth century. Wei identifies two divergent, or even opposite strategies for appropriating Western detective fiction during the late Qing and the Republican periods. She further argues that these two periods in the domestication of detective fiction were also connected by shared emotions. Both periods expressed ambivalent and sometimes contradictory views regarding Chinese tradition and Western modernity.
This book centers on the changes of polders and investigates the complex hydro-social relationships of the Jianghan Plain in late imperial China. Once a “hydraulic frontier” where local communities managed the polders, the Jianghan Plain became a state-led hydro-electric powerhouse by the mid-twentieth century. Through meticulous historical analysis, this book shows how water politics, cultural practice, and ecology interplayed and transformed the landscape and waterscape of the plain from a long-term perspective. By touching on topics such as religious beliefs, ethnic tension and militarization, the author reveals a plain in between nature and culture that has never been fully examined before.
In: Critical Readings on the Communist Party of China (4 Vols. Set)
In: Chinese Economic History Since 1949
In: Spotlight on China
In: Spotlight on China
Using autobiographical accounts acquired from her extensive career in education, the author has explored the multi-faceted influences on teacher career motivation and professional development in special and inclusive education in China.
The social realities faced by teachers in their professional lives in a city in China have been highlighted through comparison and contrast with those of their international peers. This is achieved through a comprehensive review of recent literature and an empirical study to encourage teacher voices with this regard. The study reveals opportunities and challenges in China in the process of moving towards inclusive education. In particular, it identifies the impact of teacher recruitment policies, teacher education programmes, education decentralisation, rural-urban disparities as well as socio-cultural values on teacher career motivation and their professional development. It also addresses various implications regarding ethical dilemmas overlooked in previous educational research. Meanwhile, the author proposes a discussion on Self-Determination Theory in terms of motivational change.