#ThoughtsFromTerry Dispatch w.45.2018
I am continually fascinated with China and the overall growth explosion of the country. I had the opportunity to visit Beijing as well as Hong Kong, and it is absolutely amazing. Just let this soak in: 7 of the 20 largest cities in the world are in China.
We see and hear about China's trade wars, tariffs and communism in the news nearly every day...but is this the full picture? I am far from being an expert, but what I absolutely know is this; China plays a massive part in our lives and will have even more of an impact on future generations. Here are a few resources to get started:
World Economic Forum
China's 2018 economy - In Six Charts
Gary Liu: The rapid growth of the Chinese internet – and where it's headed.
Edward Tenner: Unintended Consequences
China Tech Stories
World's Most Valuable Startup: Bytedance
TikTok Beats Facebook at the Top of the U.S. App Store
Christianity in China
Much discussion and debate exist on the subject of Christianity in China. I asked a good friend who lives in Beijing and regularly travels to California to give us some perspective on our media coverage, and what’s reality in China today. Here are three articles he recommended:
1. This article on the Guardian mentioned what happened to the Zion Church in Beijing. Large congregations are forbidden in major cities like Beijing and to avoid conflict, typically large house churches must divide into smaller groups.
2. This article emphasized what is happening in the Henan province. The region has the largest population and most likely is home to the largest number of Christians in China. Henan's believers face fierce persecution as the authority has begun tearing down crosses and church buildings. Bibles, Prayer books, and Psalm books have been destroyed. Children's Sunday School has been shut down and even some churches have been forced to close. What happened to churches in Zhejiang in 2015-2016 is happening to Henan in 2018.
3. This article on the Diplomat mentioned the CCP's strategy to 'sinicize Christianity', which I believe accurately depicts the intentions of the authority to Christianity. To eliminate Christianity is impossible, which they have learned from the experience of USSR and China in the past totalitarian era. The new leaders are trying, instead, to transform Christianity into a way that is more "acceptable" to them by guiding believers to "love the Party and the Nation", to become "adapted to the traditional culture of China", and "to unite believers under the leadership of the Party".
Lots of drama around this the past few weeks!
Amazon plans to base HQ2 across two cities, according to a source for The Wall Street Journal; the move will reportedly allow the company to recruit from a broader pool of tech talent. Amazon intends to hire 25k people in each location. Word is that Amazon is considering Crystal City, VA, Dallas, TX, and New York City. –Keep Reading
Tesla announces a plan to produce about three thousand Model 3 vehicles in Shanghai. The company said it aims to reduce the impact of tariffs as in recent federal filings, Chinese tariffs on US-manufactured vehicles have hurt sales in China on the Model S and Model X series. –Keep Reading
The Collapse Of Strategy And Its Implications
'Strategy' is an overused word that carries many different meanings. This Forbes article is enlightening and worth a read.
5 Myths of Work/Life Balance Debunked by an Entrepreneurial Dad
I found some good tips and good thoughts worth sharing in this article. However, I am honestly not sure where I stand on the entire opinion.
Why We Hate Feedback and How to Get and Give More of the Right Kind
A great read from Art Petty with some really practical feedback tips. "Feed forward" is a different and very interesting approach that I'd never heard of before reading this article.