Buddhist delegates to the National People’s Congress hope to appoint National Vegetarian Day
The deputy director of the Chinese Buddhist Society, the director of the Guangdong Buddhist Society and the Abbott of Guangzhou’s Guangxiaosi Temple have proposed to appoint China’s traditional Tomb Sweeping Festival as a “National Vegetarian Day.” Advocates hope that in addition to worshipping their ancestors, those celebrating the festival can give up meat in order to promote benevolence, environmentalism and the equality of all living creatures. In recent years the diets of the Chinese have been slowly changing, with people not only saying no to meat for religious reasons, but also for environmental, health and moral factors. Vegetarians in China have been increasingly rapidly, even though the current 50 million …read more
Amity Foundation opens office in Geneva
The Amity Foundation opened its Geneva office on March 9, becoming the first Chinese NGO to have international offices in both Europe and Africa. Over 100 guests attended the opening ceremony, including the ambassador Fu Cong of the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland. Qiu Zhonghui, the vice president/secretary general of the Amity Foundation, stated that the foundation, which possesses Consultative Status with ECOSOC (the UN Economic and Social Council), strives to advance exchange and communication with other NGOs and contribute to the international community as a Chinese civil society organization. Geneva is a carefully chosen …read more
“Non-Legal” Orphanages and the Chinese State
In this summary of a broader project, Anna High examines the survival and oversight of local, grassroots NGOs engaged in a particularly sensitive sector: the care of orphans by underground church groups and foreign mission workers.
Religious Organizations Can Establish Foundations, Social Welfare Organizations, and Nonprofit Hospitals in Accordance wth the Law
Several government and Party bodies have jointly published Opinions on Encouraging and Regulating Religious Entities to Engage in Charitable Activities.