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Valuing Time in Different Cultures

By Jonathan Nesvig – ReEntry Coordinator Westerners prize punctuality. We love to have schedules and calendars that map out our day, week, month, and year. We like to make goals and to fulfill them by a specific time. “Time is respect” and “Time is precious” and “Time is money.” We show respect to others by …

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Finding Friendship and Building Trust: Lulu’s Story

When Lulu and her family were picked up by Phyllis and arrived her house, they were too tired and fell asleep on her couch. Phyllis had a meeting at the time, so she left the family home and went out alone. The family was surprised by Phyllis for she trusted a family she only met …

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China: Where I Met God, My Wife, and Many Friends

By Jonathan Nesvig – ReEntry Coordinator Meeting God On the way to China for the first time, I sat next to a Mormon and a Christian. Throughout much of the 12-hour flight, they talked back and forth about God. It was at that time that I realized I had no idea who they were talking …

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A Home far away from Home – My Journey with HCC

By Mingyi He – HCC Intern, Volunteer, and Student Group Member Two years ago, I came to the U.S alone. What I felt on the day I arrived at the airport was not a stereotypical feeling of fear or loneliness. I felt a warm sense of homecoming because an elderly lady from HCC had come …

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How to Embrace the American Lifestyle

By Hannah Varberg – HCC Communications Coordinator Cultural exchange is such a wonder because you learn there is beauty in every culture worldwide. You also learn that no culture is comprised of perfect humans. Those engaging and immersing themselves in American culture see both beauty and imperfect humans. This writing piece is not saying that …

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What is China Plus?

By Tim Grundtiz – Executive Director For more than 26 years, Minnesotans have become experts in sharing hospitality, service, and love towards Chinese through the Hospitality Center for Chinese. With more than 10,000 students from 130 different countries across campuses in the Twin Cities, we feel compelled to do more. We believe we are called …

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Loving Internationals Near and Far through ReEntry

By Jonathan Nesvig – HCC ReEntry Coordinator Challenge and Opportunity At, HCC we care about not just loving Chinese students and scholars while they are here in America but also loving them as they return to China. This is “ReEntry.” We love and serve Chinese students and scholars before and after they return to China. …

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Josh Driver: Handling Staff Management, Admin, Prayer, and Photography

By Josh Driver – HCC Operations Manager When I transitioned out of HCC last autumn, I explained that I was exploring a career shift that would require me to interact more closely with individuals in a counseling, mentoring, managing, or coaching role. As program coordinator for over four years, guiding the HCC Student Group was …

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A Chance Encounter Changes Everything

By Amy Barnard – Long-Time HCC Volunteer While at a Beijing conference for the U of M, a lady he’d never met handed Nick a business card for HCC. “If you need a ride to campus from the airport, you should contact them,” she said. Who is HCC? Nick really had no idea, but he …

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One Tip for Effective Communication in China

By Joab Meyer – HCC Volunteer To see the original blog post from China Source, click here.  Effective communication requires engagement from both ends of the communication cycle—both the ability to send a message and receive feedback from your audience. Using this cycle to reach a common understanding is more of an art than a science—even …

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