Two interesting articles on the struggle over what folks think in China. Or, rather, what they say about what they think.

A friend who spent time evangelizing in China during the last decade recalls a meeting with a 90+ year-old survivor of the Cultural Revolution, a devout Catholic. Asked about religion today, the old man, in excellent English would only say “they control….they control.”

My teaching assistant in the first class I took when I returned to graduate school in the mid-90s, a Chinese woman still grieving her late dad, told me at the time she hoped religion in America would help her. In the end, it didn’t.

(SHANGHAI, CHINA) September 13, 2011 – Love blooms over free coffee for the 45 to 65 set at Ikea in Shanghai, but management would just like them all to go away.