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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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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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Studying God and Chinese

By Heather Holbrook – HCC Board Member To see Heather’s original blog, click here. I have recently started learning Chinese. Our family has been hosting Chinese university students for the past 12 years and have been friends with Chinese for years before that, but I never felt compelled to learn their language until the last …

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I’m Off to Fix Something

By Joann Pittman, HCC Board Member For the original version of this blog, go to ChinaSource’s website When I was living in Beijing, I usually rode my bike to work. One Wednesday morning, the street in front of the school where my office was located was like a parking lot. A big bus and a …

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Debunking the View of Self

By Jonathan Nesvig – HCC ReEntry Coordinator Liu Yang’s book, East Meets West (中文名是:东西相遇), contains simple pictographs which show the differences between Eastern and Western cultures. While there are many similarities among humans from different cultures, there are also many differences: some obvious and some not so obvious. The feature picture is from Liu Yang’s …

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美国感受

值此来美国一个月有余,生活也已经适应,就吃穿住行和文化环境等,我会从个人角度谈一下对美国的初步感受。虽然还需要更多的时间,我才能更加深入的认识美国人民及其文化,但是希望本文可以作为经验分享或者话题讨论。

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Differing Grandparent Styles

By Rhonda Dippon – HCC Volunteer The six of us were lounging on a small hillside waiting for darkness. My husband and I had invited our Chinese family to our house for a Fourth of July picnic, and now we were at a local park awaiting the fireworks. We’d hosted all four Chinese through Hospitality …

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Nothing Is as It Seems

By Joann Pittman – HCC Board Member. To see her original blog, click here. To see her other blog posts, go to http://joannpittman.com/. In order to understand China today, it’s helpful to understand this simple rule: nothing is as it seems. In fact, I would say this rule applies when observing and analyzing nearly all …

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Twinkling with Inheritance and Development Achievement

By Joann Pittman – HCC Board Member. See joannpittman.com for more of her blog posts. On Thursday night my landlady called and asked if she could come to my apartment because she had some translation questions for me. Now anyone who has been in China for awhile knows the fear and dread that well up …

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How Collectivism and Individualism Affect Students

By Daniel Morgenstern – HCC Intern In my interactions with Chinese students, I have been surprised to find that many are not particularly interested in their majors. One of my friends, for example, was a math major for several years even though his passion is the art of filmmaking. Why do they do it? What …

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