The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao (YPFP Excursion)

At a moment when observers of contemporary China devote their attention to the country’s fast-changing economy and politics, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Ian Johnson has spent much of the past decade immersing himself in a transformation of a very different sort: China’s massive spiritual revival. Following a century of attacks on religious life, a country once held together by tradition and ritual is again teaming with temples, mosques, cults, sects, holy mountains pilgrims, fortunetellers, and politicians trying to harness them.

Asia Society and The New York Review of Books are pleased to co-host the launch of Johnson’s forthcoming book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, with a discussion moderated by Ian Buruma.

Asia Society has generously reserved free seats for YPFP members for this event ($12 value). Members may log into their accounts and RSVP below to be added to the list.


  • Ian Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who works out of Beijing and Berlin, where he also teaches and advises academic journals and think tanks.
  • Ian Buruma is a journalist, writer, and academic. He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College.
April 13, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
Asia Society
725 Park Ave
New York, NY 10021
United States
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