Producer 1990 Institute 
Overview With headlines emerging every year over China’s alleged crackdown on the holiday — ranging from “Santa Claus won’t be coming to town,” to “China cancels Christmas,” the question stands: Do people in China celebrate Christmas?  This video, produced by the 1990 Institute, will give you an overview and some fun details of how Christmas has evolved and is currently celebrated in China!

Time Codes

0:000:46 Do People in China Celebrate Christmas?

0:472:33 Christmas as a Secular Holiday

2:333:15 Apples & Saxophone on Christmas

3:163:41 Santa’s Village in Yiwu

3:424:25 Protest of Christmas and Christian Celebration

Publish Date December 22, 2021
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Chiu, Christine; 9 Fascinating Things About Christmas in China, 2021 China Admissions 

Protestant Christianity is booming in China, 2020, The Economist (Pay Wall)

Bandurski, David; Follow the star: A brief history of Christmas in pre-reform China, 2016 Hong Kong Free Press

Hong, Zhao; What is Christmas like in China?. 2019 CCTN

Mateer, Noelie; Christmas Time in China, 2014 Vice

6 facts you probably don’t know about Christmas in China, 2020, The Real Word

The History and Modern Practice of Christmas in China, 2021 The CLI team

Fisher, Max; Eight fascinating facts about Christmas in China. 2012, The Washington Post


Do Chinese celebrate Christmas? Here’s the answer. 2018 South China Morning Post

Is Christmas banned in China this year?. 2020 Go Yuon

We asked rural Chinese villagers what they want for Christmas. 2020 Fragrant Mandarin


Global Business: Christmas, Made in China, 2015 BBC Radio

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